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Bolton's Jack Hobbs has signed for club - but isn't allowed to play

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Jack Hobbs has agreed a deal with Wanderers – but cannot play until the club emerge from administration, The Bolton News understands.

The 30-year-old centre-back agreed terms with Bolton on Friday but his registration was not passed by the EFL in time for him to feature against Wycombe the following day.

Now, four days on, Hobbs remains in limbo as Phil Parkinson prepares his squad for the visit of Coventry City this weekend.

It is considered unlikely the league will give Parkinson licence to register more players unless the Football Ventures consortium show tangible progress in their takeover bid.

Tickets had been due to go on sale at 9am yesterday for the Coventry game but were suspended 10 minutes before being released to the general public. An announcement is expected this morning, which is likely to include a reduction on prices which were criticised by supporters when they were released earlier this week.

Parkinson believes new ownership must be installed before the weekend, or Wanderers could face serious consequences on their recruitment.

A handful of players are waiting to see if they will be offered deals. Craig Conway, Danny Lafferty, Billy Clarke and Ben Pringle are all training at Lostock on a daily basis in the hope that a takeover is completed.

“If you go back three weeks I sent an email to the prospective owners and administrators saying what needed to be done right away to give us a chance,” Parkinson told The Bolton News.

“Negotiations needed to start taking place immediately to get us ready. And because of all the chaos that had gone on, things have not been implemented the way they should have been.

“I’m not saying there’s anyone at fault for that, it’s just the new people coming in don’t feel they have the power to start negotiating contracts because they are not the official owners yet.

“Trialists have come in, some have gone. Players have been ready to sign, and they have gone. But there’s still the ability to get a decent team at this level – it just has to happen now, it can’t possibly drag on any longer.”

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Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
It's absolutely insane that we are re-signing players from last season.

I'd rather lose with the U23's playing.

Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
We need some experienced players to go along with the young lads and Hobbs is ok in my opinion especially since we've lost Wheater.

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Norpig wrote:We need some experienced players to go along with the young lads and Hobbs is ok in my opinion especially since we've lost Wheater.

He made 50 appearances for Forest between 2014-2018. He played 24 times for us last season.

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
While I don't think Hobbs is a world beater I do believe he'd be useful at this level. I agree with Nat that the kids should be first pick now but an older 'spine' (eg CB and CM) would be helpful imo. Of course this is all moot until and unless a takeover is complete but I think if we are to have any chance of avoiding relegation at all we must have some solid experience in the team.

sunlight

sunlight
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
The players agents obviously have the same `friendly` ties with the buyers.
What `supporters` are doing is going to whatever the ground is called at the moment and paying money to these greedy dodgy owners.
Buy a team low, sell high. When its at the top, asset strip it right back down again, sneakily. Then repeat.

luckyPeterpiper

luckyPeterpiper
Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@sunlight wrote:The players agents obviously have the same `friendly` ties with the buyers.
What `supporters` are doing is going to whatever the ground is called at the moment and paying money to these greedy dodgy owners.
Buy a team low, sell high. When its at the top, asset strip it right back down again, sneakily. Then repeat.
What planet are you on? At this moment we don't have an owener. The administrator is in charge and responsible for all costs etc and receives all income to use against those costs until a new owner is in place. Thanks to the idiot Bassini there is now a good chance that will never happen and we will be liquidated in the next few weeks if not days. And unlike Scotland where Rangers were able to stay in the SFL a newco version of Bolton Wanderers won't start out in the Football League, not even in League 2.

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