WANDERERS have completed a major bit of summer transfer business with loan star Declan John returning to the club on a three-year deal.

The left back starred in the second-half of the campaign as the Whites turned around their season to seal automatic promotion to League One.

Arriving from Swansea on a temporary basis in January, John will now be a permanent fixture at the UniBol after being released by the Championship club, boss Ian Evatt landing one of his primary targets.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the club during what was a special season,” said the 25-year-old, who made 21 appearances and scored two goals last season.

“Feeling appreciated and wanted by Bolton Wanderers brings me huge joy and I am delighted to sign this deal.

“This club is going on a journey and I wanted to be part of it. I cannot wait to get going for next season.”

John’s career had been in real limbo at the Liberty Stadium, the seven-cap international having not played a competitive game for 12 months before arriving at the UniBol.

His form meant he had offers from elsewhere with Evatt delighted to get his man.

“Declan was a huge success for us last season after coming in on loan from Swansea in January,” the Wanderers boss said.

“He played a big part in us producing an incredible run which culminated in us getting promotion.

“He’s a very, very talented footballer as we have all seen and I’m really happy that he has committed his future to us.

“He’s the sort of player this club should be signing and we are hopeful that he can be a huge part in getting Bolton Wanderers back to where we belong.”

John is the fourth new arrival so far this summer after the signings of Dapo Afolayan, George Johnston and Josh Sheehan.