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Bolton Wanderers bring in Polish defender Pawel Olkowski

Championship side Bolton Wanderers have dipped into the transfer market to complete the signing of Polish international Pawel Olkowski after he left German side FC Koln.

It is believed that Olkowski has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Macron Stadium.

The 28-year-old right back started his career in his homeland with the likes of Gwarek Zabrze and Gornik Zabrze, before he secured a move to Germany with FC Koln in 2014.

Olkowski featured 64 times for Die Geißböcke but was unable to prevent them from dropping out of the Bundssliga after a four year spell in the German top flight.

FC Koln finished rock bottom of the table, with just 22 points to their name and will be playing in the second tier along with fellow relegated sides Hamburg and Wolfsburg.

With FC Koln sliding towards relegation, several football fans capitalized on their poor form by betting against them in their football accumulators.

Olkowski joins a Bolton side who almost tasted relegation themselves.

The Trotters looked all set for a season in League One when they found themselves 2-1 down against Nottingham Forest on the final day of the season with just four minutes remaining on the clock.

Needing a win to secure safety, Phil Parkinson’s side looked doomed, however in a four minute spell that no Wanderers fan will ever forget Bolton found the net twice to sent the Macron Stadium into pandemonium.

Bolton will be keen for a better season next year and Parkinson has already begun to lay the foundations for next season.

As well as bringing in Olkowski, the former Charlton boss has also signed striker Clayton Donaldson, defender Jason Lowe and midfielder Erhun Oztumer

Speaking about the signing of Olkowski, Parkinson told Bolton’s official club website, “I am delighted to welcome Pawel to the club.

“He attracted strong interest from a German and Italian club and we have worked really hard to get the deal done.

“He’s played at the top level in Germany and for his country, and has shown a real desire to come to England and play for Bolton Wanderers Football Club.”

Whilst it is unlikely that the Polish international will make his Wanderers debut in tonight’s pre-season friendly against Atherton Collieries this evening, fans may be able to catch a glimpse of their new signing at FC Halifax on Saturday.

The Trotters will also come up against Morcambe and Peterborough in what will be a testing pre-season ahead of an important upcoming Championship campaign.

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