On the back of yesterday’s news that Luca Connell has been given his first international call-up by the Republic of Ireland national team, it was announced this morning that Connell and three other promising Wanderers youth players have had their scholarship deals extended.
Aside from Connell, the players who will be staying on are Ronan Darcy, who made his debut in Bolton’s final match of the season, as well as Jordan Boon and Eddie Brown.
Another promising youth talent Harry Brockbank could face a turbulent few weeks after a proposed extension to his Wanderers deal hit a snag thanks to the club entering administration according to The Sun and reported by Burnden Aces.
It is a vital step that Bolton have made in securing the services of these young players going forward as they could be key to the club’s future.
Wanderers had one of the oldest squads in the Championship during the 2018/19 season, with an average age of 29.1. That has to change going forward as it was clear to see a number of players were caught on the back foot on several occasions last season, contributing heavily to the club’s relegation.
Switching the focus from bringing in freebies looking to see out the end of their career to giving promising youngsters a chance to prove themselves would hopefully prove more beneficial to the club in the long run.
Besides, wouldn’t it be better to support a group of players who have been at the club from a young age and have worked their way through the academy than following a group of ageing no-hopers who are looking to take home one last pay-cheque before retirement?