Six Released In Bolton Shake Up

Last updated : 17 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Bolton Wanderers have announced that six players will not be having their contracts renewed beyond the summer months with long serving Danish midfielder Per Frandsen the most high profile casualty of the list.

The Danish international made a total of 269 appearances scoring 35 goals  in two seperate spells with the club which began in 1996 when the then Bolton manager Colin Todd paid a combined £1,350,000 fee to FC Copenhagen to recruit the tough tackling midfielder Frandsen and his team mate Michael Johansen. Both played a vital part in Bolton's promotion to the Premiership in 1997 as the team recorded a record points haul in a championship winning season. The following year he remained ever present as Bolton where relegated from the top flight and by 1999 he was on his way to local rivals Blackburn Rovers as the club looked to balance the books and this lead to the resignation of Todd as manager of the football club. Ten months later after an unhappy spell at Ewood Park the player returned "home" as new manager Sam Allardyce paid out £1,600,000 to bring Frandsen back to the Reebok following Claus Jensen's move to Charlton Athletic. The next three seasons saw Frandsen as a regular name on the teamsheet and his wholehearted displays endeared him to the Bolton public, he was promoted again in 2001 but injuries began to take their toll and this season he has struggled to hold down a regular first team place. We at BoltonMAD would like to thank Per for the service he has given to the club and wish him the best of luck in the future.

Frandsen 34, joins Steve Howey, Ibrahim Ba, Dwight Pezzarossi, Gerald Forschelet and Ndiwa Lord-Kangana on the released list as Bolton look to shake up their squad in time for next season.

Loan striker Javi Moreno will also be departing the club and returning to Atletico Madrid but Jamaican international goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts has been offered new terms to remain at the club next season.