Football

Klasnic looking for fresh start

It's been a difficult year for Ivan - on and off the pitch. (©PAphotos)
It's been a difficult year for Ivan - on and off the pitch. (©PAphotos).

Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic is hoping to put all of last season's troubles behind him as he bids for a fresh start to his football career next campaign.

The 31-year-old Croatian international is looking to cement his place in manager Owen Coyle's starting line up, after a return of only seven goals for the Trotter this term.

Off the field problems were an unwanted distraction for Klasnic last year, and his performances suffered as a result, but the 6ft 1in frontman is hoping to rediscover the form displayed during his debut season at the Reebok Stadium.

"It was hard time for me as everybody was asking me questions. But I showed once again how strong I am. Nothing can break me.

"I always loved football and that - with my family - helped me to stay on the surface."


 

Klasnic failed to start a single Barclays Premier League game last season, but still made 27 appearances for Bolton, 20 of which came from the substitutes' bench.

Trotters boss Coyle has told the former Nantes and Werder Bremen forward that he must work harder if he wants to be a regular starter at the Reebok.

"I don't know what will happen in next season," Klasnic continued, "But because of everything that happened to me, so many bad things, I just want to enjoy it."

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