Bolton turn to youth players

Bolton Wanderers have extended the contracts of four of its top youth prospects, with defender Rob Holding among the names retained.

Holding is joined by striker Kaiyne Woolery, 21, midfielder Tom Walker, 20, and defender Alex Finney, 19, in resetting the expiry dates in their contracts to 2017, with the prospect of first-team football a certainty as the club prepare for life in League One.

Holding has been scouted by Everton in a season that has been promising for the individual but traumatic for the team and club. The 20-year-old former Reading target only made his debut in the first round of the Capital One Cup last August, and has since made 26 starts for the Trotters.

Team-mate Woolery has also broken into the first-team at the Macron by making a dozen appearances off the bench.

Youngest of the four Alex Finney was acquired by Bolton two years ago for an undisclosed fee having progressed through the ranks at Leyton Orient’s academy.

While player recruitment seems not to have stalled, the new reshuffled board are yet to pinpoint a primary target to take charge of the first-team following Neil Lennon’s dismissal.

Buoyed by their first win in 15 league matches after Saturday’s victory over Hull, Bolton head to Craven Cottage to conclude the season.

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