‘So bitter’ – Plenty of fans react as Bolton Wanderers close in on 32-year-old

Eoin Doyle is closing in on a deal with relegated Bolton Wanderers, snubbing an offer from Swindon Town, as reported by the Bolton News.

Doyle bagged 25 goals last season and helped Swindon become League Two champions. he had been offered fresh terms by manager Richie Wellens, but he’s confirmed that it is unlikely to be enough to tempt the Irishman back to the County Ground.

“The money Bolton are throwing around for a player of his age, and a three-year deal at that, we couldn’t get to that,” he told BBC Radio Wiltshire.

“I believe Doyley’s had a medical at Bolton, In fact, I’m surprised they’ve not released it yet. We’re moving up a level and it looks like a parting of the ways. And we wish him well. He’s been fantastic for this club. He’s done great for us, just as we’ve done great for him. He suited the way we played.

“But, when you get to Eoin’s age and a three-year deal is put in your lap, it’s very hard to turn down. The last time he played in League One, he got relegated.”

Doyle began his career in Ireland, appearing for Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers before moving to Scottish side Hibernian in 2011. After 14 goals in 57 outings, he joined Chesterfield, hitting 38 goals in just 84 outings. That led to stints with Chesterfield, Cardiff City, Preston North End, Oldham and Portsmouth. He then scored 11 times for Bradford as they got relegated from League One in 2018-19, but joined Swindon on loan last season to help them to the title.

Bolton supporters have been reacting on Twitter to the news, bringing in discussions around a possible wage cap that seems to also be a key point in this deal.

 

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