Bolton Wanderers have declared that defender Declan John and midfielder Kieran Sadlier can leave the club ahead of the transfer deadline on Friday, according to reports from The Bolton News’ Marc Iles.
The pair have not featured for Ian Evatt’s side so far this season and they have both been made aware that they can leave the Trotters before the window slams shut at 11pm tomorrow, with the Wanderers also said to be targeting a back-up goalkeeper with Joel Coleman out through injury.
What’s Been Said?
Declan John has been at the club since January 2021, initially arriving on loan from Welsh side Swansea City before making the move permanent in the summer transfer window of the same year. The Welshman played a key role last season as Bolton won the Papa John’s Trophy, making 27 appearances and starting 13 of the last 21 games. However, he is out of contract in the summer and has fallen behind Randell Williams and Zac Ashworth in the pecking order.
Kieran Sadlier meanwhile only joined the club on a free transfer from Rotherham United in the January transfer window of 2022 and went on to make 46 appearances before he was loaned out to eventual League Two champions Leyton Orient in January, where he made 19 appearances but failed to score for the O’s.
There is interest from Richie Wellens’ side in bringing Sadlier back to the club, with director of football Martin Ling telling the Orient Outlook Podcast:
“Kieran is one of about three names we are looking at, I am not denying that, but we have got other irons in the fire as well.
“Kieran is there, we know what he is, and at the moment he has a contract at Bolton that we couldn’t match if I am totally honest.
“There is some talk about them giving him some money to go, and then it might be of more interest than it is at the moment.”
Speaking to The Bolton News ahead of the deadline, Bolton boss Evatt commemted:
“There’s no point me sitting here and saying they are not available for transfer, they absolutely are, but again it is their decision.
“We are not going to force anyone out of the door.
“At the moment we have not selected them so it is their choice whether they decide to move on. You have seen the really good squad of players we have, the bench we have, so they can read into that what they will.”
It comes to that period in the transfer window where fringe players in the squads may look to move on to further their careers, and Declan John and Kieran Sadlier are clearly not in Ian Evatt’s plans for this season. Declan should get some interest due to the fact he has plenty of League One experience and played a key role in Bolton’s campaign last season, but it remains to be seen whether Leyton Orient reaffirm their interest in Sadlier. If Richie Wellens does bring Sadlier back, again it would be valuable for Orient due to the experience that the player has at League One level.