Trotters secure Pratley signature

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Bolton Wanderers have secured the services of midfielder Darren Pratley.

The 26-year-old moves to the Reebok Stadium on a free transfer, signing a four-year deal with the Trotters after leaving Swansea City this summer.

Pratley, who made 199 appearances for the Swans and helped the Welsh club to promotion with an Npower Championship semi-final play-off strike against Nottingham Forest in May, is a transfer coup for manager Owen Coyle, who has admitted their was strong competition for the player's signature.

''We're delighted to have Darren here. A number of clubs were interested in him and we are pleased to have secured his services,'' said the Scottish boss.

The player has previously stated that it was a tough decision to leave the Liberty Stadium given their promotion, but Pratley believes joining Bolton is a step in the right direction for his career.


''It was nice to leave Swansea on a high after gaining promotion to the Premier League and I'm now looking forward to showing the fans what I can do here," Pratley continued.

" It was the biggest decision of my footballing career so far to leave Swansea. It was always going to be a big decision for me regardless of whether Swansea got promoted or not. What's important to me is that I join Bolton as a Premier League player after that play-off final.

''Now I'm really looking forward to Monday and getting into training and meeting the lads. The manager outlined some exciting plans and we had a good chat. I'm fully focused on playing well for Bolton.

''The fans can expect someone who always gives 100%. I like to get around the pitch and am a bit of a box-to-box player and hopefully I can chip in with a few goals. I managed to get 12 in my last season with Swansea. Hopefully I can continue to score goals from midfield at Bolton.''

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