Bolton Wanderers Man Set For League Two Switch

League Two side MK Dons are reportedly poised to sign Bolton midfielder MJ Williams, according to Pete O’Rourke from Football Insider.

The 27-year-old made 35 appearances in all competitions for Bolton Wanderers last season, including coming on as a substitute in the Papa John’s Trophy Final, as Bolton ran out 4-0 winners at Wembley.

Who is MJ Williams?

The former Wales U21 international joined the Liverpool academy at the U14 level, making one sole first-team appearance for the Reds as a substitute in a League Cup tie.

Bangor-born Williams, who can operate in defence as well as midfield, also endured three loan spells in League One with Notts County, Swindon Town, and Rochdale, before he signed permanently for the latter in 2018.

A period at Blackpool followed, before the 6ft 2″ Welshman dropped into England’s fourth tier for the first time in his career in February 2021, signing an initial 18-month contract at Bolton.

Ian Evatt’s side finished third to secure promotion back into League One, with Williams triggering a clause the following season to extend his stay in Greater Manchester until the summer of 2023.

The Club’s official website confirmed in May that he had been retained following 35 appearances for the play-off semi-finalists.

After making a century of appearances in his two-and-a-half-year stay, it now seems likely Williams will be swapping the Toughsheet Community Stadium for Stadium MK.

Writer’s View

MK Dons will be delighted to sign a player that was instrumental in Bolton’s promotion from that level just a couple of seasons ago, with Graham Alexander’s side looking to bounce back immediately from relegation.

Williams has demonstrated great versatility, becoming a part of the back three in the final few weeks of last season amid an injury crisis, with his sale seemingly coming at a surprising time given current injuries to defenders George Johnston and Eoin Toal.


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