‘Madness’, ‘Doesn’t look great’ – These Bolton fans react as 27-y/o departs

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Bolton Wanderers defender George Taft has left the club on a permanent deal this morning, after recently heading out on loan.

The former Cambridge and Mansfield man struggled for game time under Ian Evatt, and joined NeilCox’s strugglers on loan at the beginning on the transfer window, Since then, the left-back has managed five matches, three of which have brought the Iron wins and clean sheets.

Taft began his career as a trainee at Leicester City, enjoying loan spells with Kettering Town, Karlstad BK and York City before being snapped up by Burton Albion in 2014. He had a spell with Cambridge United, leaving for Mansfield Town in 2016, but returning to the Abbey Stadium two years later.

They released him amongst the pandemic uncertainty in the summer, with Bolton pouncing, but he hasn’t been able to establish himself at the University of Bolton Stadium, playing just once in the league. He left for Glanford Park at the beginning of the window, but a permanent move now suits both parties.

Bolton and Scunthorpe are rivals in League Two. The Iron were struggling against the drop, but three successive wins have eased the worry somewhat, lifting them to 16th, 11 points ahead of Grimsby in the final relegation spot. The Trotters are a point behind Scunthorpe but have two games in hand. In fact, just three points separate Crawley in 12th and Bolton in 19th place.

Bolton fans have been reacting to his departure on Twitter, after being asked by journalist Mark Iles for their feedback.

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