Darren Pratley met his new Bolton Wanderers teammates this morning (Monday), to the delight of manager Owen Coyle.
The Trotters first team returned for pre-season at the club's Euxton training ground, with Coyle getting his first opportunity to run-the-rule over the club's free transfer signing.
A former Swansea City midfielder, Pratley admitted it was tough to leave the Liberty Stadium this summer, but his Scottish boss hopes memories of Wales are quickly forgotten and the player can show his vast potential at the Reebok Stadium.
"I've watched him for a number of years and he always took my eye when I watched him against my Burnley team. He's mobile, hungry to do well and a potent goal threat. He's also comfortable on the ball and is a terrific passer," Coyle told the official Bolton website.
"He's probably a bit different to the type of midfielders that we have at our football club. He loves to get into the box and arrive at the right time. All credit to Fulham and Swansea because he has been well taught and he knows how to play the game."
It's Pratley's hunger to do well that Coyle believes makes him a quality addition for the club, and the manager is excited at the prospect of seeing the player in action at the start of the season.
"He is hungry to do well. He had a sample of the top-flight with Fulham and now he wants to show that he is a Premier League player," Coyle continued.
"We know he is a quality player - you look at his background at Swansea, working with managers from Roberto Martinez to Paolo Sousa to Brendan Rodgers. Darren has been fortunate to work with three very good managers and hopefully he can take his game to a new level here.
"Considering that we brought him in on a Bosman, it is a great bit of business and he is a terrific addition to the squad. I'm excited at the prospect of seeing him play in a Bolton Wanderers shirt."
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