Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that striker Dion Charles has committed his future to the club by penning a new three-year deal, according to the club’s official website.
The news comes in the wake of Championship interest from Stoke City for the 27-year-old, who has three goals in four League One fixtures so far this season.
The Trotters were fearful of losing their star man before the end of the transfer window on Friday and reports emerged yesterday that they were lining up a move for prolific Peterborough United striker Jonson Clarke-Harris as a potential replacement. The Posh attacker looks set to depart the Cambridgeshire outfit this week, with interest previously reported from both Bolton and Bristol Rovers.
However, those fears have now alleviated, with Charles now set to remain at the Toughsheet Community Stadium until 2026. Speaking after the announcement, manager Ian Evatt said;
“I’m delighted Dion has signed a new contract, which is thoroughly deserved.
“He is a key player for us, as his volume of goals show, and this commitment means he will be around for a long time to score plenty more.
“I believe he is one of the leading strikers in the EFL and this is further proof that Dion, and the club, are determined to keep progressing.
“We have already made huge strides in the past couple of years and are doing everything we can to keep moving this club forwards.
“This is another positive sign from a player and the club that we are going in the right direction and, thanks to the backing of the owners and the Board, another really positive piece of business completed in the transfer window.”
Charles scored his third goal of the campaign in Saturday’s draw with Burton Albion, a result which saw Bolton maintain their position in the top three. They remain one of the favourites to secure promotion to the Championship this season and face Middlesbrough in the second round of the EFL Cup tomorrow.
This will be a major relief to Bolton fans, who would have been fearful that they could lose their star man to the division above. His commitment to the club shows that there is a real belief in the project, with promotion the primary objective this season.
Charles has proven himself at League One level and would certainly be worth a punt at a higher level, but he will now be hoping that this will be with Bolton next season. This is a significant piece of business for the Trotters and Ian Evatt will be absolutely delighted.