Pratley relishes Bolton chance

Darren Pratley is confident the biggest decision of his footballing career by signing for Bolton will pay off.The 26-year-old signed a four-year deal at the Reebok Stadium after helping Swansea City gain promotion to the Premier League last season.

Pratley scored 12 goals for the Swans last term, and as he links with Owen Coyle’s squad for pre-season training, he said he was looking forward to improving again this season.

“I’m delighted to have joined a fantastic club like Bolton,” Pratley told Bolton’s official website.

“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.”

“It was the biggest decision of my footballing career so far to leave Swansea. I enjoyed playing and living there and the club have been extremely good to me.”

“It was always going to be a big decision for me regardless of whether Swansea got promoted or not.”

“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 focussed on playing well for Bolton.”

“The fans can expect someone who always gives 100 percent. 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.”

Bolton manager Coyle said Pratley would be a valuable addition to the squad as the Trotters look to improve on their 14th place finish last season.

“We’re delighted to have Darren here. A number clubs were interested in him and we are pleased to have secured his services,” Coyle said.

“He’s an exciting player, who has the right character to blend into our squad. He is a good addition as we look to progress our club further in the upcoming season.”