Official: Manchester City agree transfer of player with English club

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19 year old Manchester City goalkeeper James Trafford will join Bolton Wanderers on loan ahead of next season.

The 19-year-old joined Wanderers from City in the January transfer window, after a loan spell at Accrington Stanley came to an end.

He impressed on loan with Bolton for the second-half of last season and has now returned to Bolton ahead of the new season.

He played 22 times for the Whites and kept clean sheets in his first four games, setting a club record in the process. He also notched two assists in League One.

Trafford’s loan deal will take him to the summer of 2023 when his Manchester City contract will expire.

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Trafford becomes Bolton’s second signing so far this summer transfer window after the League One side signed defender Jack Iredale.

Trafford believes the decision to go back to Bolton was a ‘no brainer’.

He told the club’s YouTube channel: “It’s the right place. I loved every minute of it from January onwards and I have such a good relationship with the staff and everyone at Bolton. It was a no brainer.

“Once I’d got the internationals out of the way, it was a no brainer to come back. I’m excited.

“How the gaffer wants us to play and just the whole set-up really suits everyone. It’s the best for my development and the scenario was different to last season where I came and didn’t really have much time to develop and try new things every game.

“Every game was like a cup final that we had to win. But this season we can really give the gaffer’s playing style a good go and play with more pressure.

“The Bolton fans here are second to none and I’ve seen all over Twitter how many season tickets have sold and I’m really excited.

“The team’s really good, all the players are really good and we should do exciting things next season. We have such a good relationship with each other and I’m really excited for it.

“We’ll put in the graft when we start in pre-season and it starts from there really. We’ll start like we mean to go on.”