Bodvarsson and Jerome are set to depart from Bolton

Bolton Wanderers have announced that three players, including Wales international Declan John and Iceland striker Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, will be leaving the club at the end of their contracts next month. The news comes after Bolton were recently beaten by Oxford in the League One play-off final.

Bodvarsson, 31, joined Bolton in January 2022 and scored an impressive 25 goals in 94 appearances, including 10 goals in just 46 games this season. Jerome, 37, signed an 18-month contract with the club in January 2023 and scored just once in his first 49 games before netting in successive matches last month. Both players made significant contributions to the team during their time at Bolton.

However, Wales international John, who spent last season on loan at Salford City, was not offered a new deal after making 92 appearances across four seasons with Bolton. Despite this disappointment for John and his fans, he can look back on a successful career with Bolton and move forward to new opportunities.

On a positive note, Bolton have decided to trigger extension clauses in the contracts of two young players: goalkeeper Luke Hutchinson and midfielder Nelson Khumbeni. Hutchinson is only just turning 21 years old but has already made a name for himself as a promising talent at Morecambe last season on loan from Bolton. Khumbeni also had an impressive spell with Morecambe and will now stay at Bolton until at least summer 2025.

Overall, while it’s always sad to see talented players leave a club like Bolton Wanderers, it’s important for the team to keep moving forward and building for the future. With talented young players like Hutchinson and Khumbeni on board for another few years at least, Bolton can continue to compete strongly in League One next season.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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