Updated: Thursday, 2nd April 2020 @ 8:03pm

Curtain to fall on 'Wanderers legend' Kevin Davies' Bolton career as club agree to let striker go

Curtain to fall on 'Wanderers legend' Kevin Davies' Bolton career as club agree to let striker go

By John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers have announced veteran striker Kevin Davies will leave the Reebok Stadium at the end of the season, ending his ten-year spell with the Trotters.

Wanderers captain Davies, 36, arrived from Southampton in 2003 after being brought in on a free transfer by then manager Sam Allardyce.

Though current Whites boss Dougie Freedman has deemed him to be surplus to requirements at the Championship club, he feels Davies will go down as an all-time Wanderers great.

“Kevin Davies is and always will be a Wanderers legend,” Freedman told Bolton’s official website. “I want to be fair to him as regards his future, as he deserves it.

“This decision means that he is now free to sort himself out with a new club in plenty of time for next season.

“I would like to thank him for his complete support and utter professionalism since I arrived.”

Davies has made more than 400 Bolton appearances and scored 87 goals, getting a League Cup runner-up medal in 2004 and playing in the 2007-08 Uefa Cup run.

Freedman revealed Davies will remain available for selection for the remainder of the season and believes the Sheffield-born striker still has the passion and commitment to continue playing.   

“He never gives anything less than 100 percent in training, or when called on for first team duties,” said Freedman.

“He wants to carry on playing, and playing regularly. He has that desire to continue and this is the best move for him.”

The veteran has played 38 times this season and scored six goals with the Trotters sitting five points from the Championship play-off places. 

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