Knight was a part of Bolton's Premier League squad (©GettyImages)
Knight was a part of Bolton's Premier League squad (©GettyImages).

Bolton announce major departures

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Bolton Wanderers have announced the departure of four senior players, including current club captain Zat Knight and the impressive, Chris Eagles.

According to the BBC, they are joined by full-back Tyrone Mears and goalkeeper Jay Lynch, whilst three others are in talks with the Bolton hierarchy about potential contract extensions.

Knight, who stands at a Goliath 6 ft 6in, was a part of the set-up at The Reebok for five years after his signing from Fulham, and took over the armband this season. 

However he appeared in only half of the club's matches this season, and was deemed surplus to requirement by manager Dougie Freedman. 

His departure is followed by that of former Manchester United academy product Eagles. 

Eagles, who has regularly been touted as a special player over his career, was a part of the set-up for three years after his switch from Burnley. Speculation regarding Eagles has been high, with his former side one of a number of potential suitors for the 28-year-old.

Right-back Mears was also a part of that Burnley deal, which saw The Trotters splash out a reported £3million for their services. 

Mears' career at the Lancashire side has been blighted by injuries, with him suffering a broken leg during his first training session at the club back in 2011. And appearances have been few and far between this season, leaving Freedman with little choice but to take him off the heavy wage bill that the club still has after their relegation two years ago. 

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