Craig Noone will be heading for pastures new when his contract finishes at the end of June.
The left-footed midfielder will be joining another former Wanderer, Adam Le Fondre, on the other side of the world in Australia next season.
Noone has signed a two-year deal with A-League side Melbourne City and will officially join on July 1.
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Craig Noone’s Bolton career
Craig Noone joined Wanderers on a free transfer from Cardiff City at the start of the 2017/18 season.
The wide-midfielder featured regularly under Phil Parkinson, making 65 appearances in all competitions over the two years he spent at Bolton.
In that time, Noone managed just two goals, but his winning strike against Derby in September 2018 will no doubt be remembered fondly by Wanderers fans.
Wanderers’ squad woes
Noone’s departure, which was always on the cards with his contract set to expire, leaves Bolton desperately short of midfield options.
As things stand, Bolton have just 14 players contracted to the club for next season. Only three of those 14 can really be regarded as wingers or wide-midfielders, Luca Connell, Erhun Oztumer and Dennis Politic.
As we’ve known for a while now, Bolton’s touted incoming owners will have a lot of work to do in order to pull together a squad strong enough to compete in League One next season.
Wanderers will need at least ten or so new faces through the door to have a reasonably functioning squad.
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Noone’s bright future
Bolton’s incoming transfer worries aside, Noone’s move Down Under is definitely an exciting prospect for the player who began his career at Skelmersdale.
His move to Melbourne City, sister team of Manchester City, is definitely a safer bet for Noone than continuing on at Bolton.
Whether he’ll emulate the A-League-winning success of fellow former Wanderer Adam Le Fondre next season remains to be seen.
All the best on your new adventure, Craig.