JAMES Trafford might be “nuts” – but the teenager has all the talent to make it as a top-level keeper, says Gethin Jones.

The Manchester City stopper has returned to Wanderers for a second loan spell, the first having helped him on his way to a first England Under-21 cap.

Trafford has another year left on his contract at the Etihad and has spoken in the past of his determination to play Premier League football for the current champions.

Jones reckons the young Cumbrian has what it takes and was delighted to see him agree a move back to the UniBol this season.

And though Trafford will be one of the youngest members of Ian Evatt’s squad - his impact on others in the group cannot be underestimated.

“He’s the type of player you love having around,” he told The Bolton News. “I was made up he came back. He’s a great lad, only 19 and he can go really far in his career as he develops, top level.

“I saw him at Bolton when I went back to pick up a few bits and he was telling everyone how happy he was to come back this season.

“He was really good in the changing room as well – which you don’t often get with players of his age, in what can be a tough environment.

“He has character about him and you know what keepers are like, they all have to be a bit nuts sometimes but it’s brilliant to have him around again.”

Trafford signed for City at the age of 12 and steadily rose through the ranks, representing England at every level from Under-17s.

Though his lack of experience was a concern for some on his arrival at Bolton in January, his performances quickly assuaged many terrace doubts.

Despite being part of the City bubble for so long, Jones says his young team-mate has quickly embraced life in League One.

“He is really relaxed about it all,” he said. “I remember when I was his age and at Everton and just being around the first team was a really big thing for me. But Traff doesn’t have any sort of big club attitude about him.

“I think he knows he can go far in the game but he just gets on with it and, as I say, he has been great around the lads.

“We are just pleased he has come back to us because it wouldn’t have surprised me one bit if there were other clubs interested in him from the top.”