James Trafford’s first words as a Bolton player after Manchester City join Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers have announced the signing of James Trafford on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

The goalkeeper becomes Bolton’s fourth signing of the January transfer window following the permanent acquisitions of Dion Charles and Aaron Morley, as well as the loan signing of Marlon Fossey from Fulham.

The 19-year-old will add to the competition in the Whites’ senior goalkeeping ranks alongside Joel Dixon and Luke Hutchinson.

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The Cumbrian-born goalkeeper – who will wear team number 19 – made 11 League One appearances on loan at Accrington Stanley earlier this season and will be available for Wanderers for Saturday’s visit to Ipswich Town after ending to his temporary stint with the Reds.

Trafford said: “I can’t wait. I’ve spoken to the gaffer and spoken to everyone. I’m really excited. The club suits me and suits me.

“I loved every minute of the session just with the goalkeepers union and everyone. I really enjoyed it and I’m just excited and happy to be here.

“I’m learning every day, getting new experiences. I’m only young but I’ve been through a lot so far despite being only young and I just want to keep going through it all and I feel like this is the right step for me right now.

“I just want to push Joel and Luke and push each other every day, improve and see where it takes us. We’re going to take it one day at a time.”

The youngster was a big part of City’s Under-23 Premier League 2 triumph last season and spent plenty of time in the senior team after being benched six times without making a debut .

Trafford came through the ranks of City’s youth team and the stopper explained his experiences growing up at the club at the Etihad Stadium, as well as how he developed at Stanley during the first half of the campaign.

He said: “It’s probably the best place for me to cross the age groups, to learn with all the goalkeeping staff every day and the team and it’s just a great environment and that makes us puts them all in the right place.

“It’s very different to the academy setup, but I experienced a lot of first-team experience at City and it prepared us very well to take the step into Ligue 1.

“Going to Accrington for the first part of the season, I learned so much from July to yesterday, I learned a lot about the league, about men’s football and I enjoyed every moment of it and it gave me a great experience of coming to Bolton and succeeding.”


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