Blake joins up with Bolton

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has returned to former club Burnley to sign Robbie Blake on a free transfer.

Coyle, who swapped the Clarets for Bolton last January, has signed the veteran forward on a one-year contract.

The 34-year-old was out of contract at Turf Moor and keen to continue playing in the Premier League following Burnley’s relegation last season.

“We are delighted to have signed such an experienced footballer in Robbie Blake,” Coyle told the club’s official website.

“He has proven Premier League ability and adds to our striking options. He is a bubbly character who will be a great lad to have in the dressing room.

“I worked with him for two fantastic years and I am pleased to link up with him again because I know a number of clubs were interested in securing his signature.”

Meanwhile, the Trotters have also completed the signing of former Manchester City winger Martin Petrov on a free transfer.

The Bulgaria international agreed to join the Reebok Stadium outfit two weeks ago following his release by City.

Coyle added:“He’s someone I’ve admired for a long time because he’s a top-class player and this is a tremendous signing for the club.

“As far as I’m concerned he’s probably one of the best Bosman transfers available.

“To try to purchase him on the market last year then it would have cost you £4-5million easily.”

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