Updated: Monday, 6th April 2020 @ 1:59pm

'Shocked': Bolton Wanderers' stalwart Kevin Davies reveals he thought Reebok would be home for life

'Shocked': Bolton Wanderers' stalwart Kevin Davies reveals he thought Reebok would be home for life

By John McDougall

Bolton Wanderers’ stalwart striker Kevin Davies has admitted he was ‘shocked’ at not being offered a new deal at the Reebok Stadium.

Davies, 36, will be released at the end of the season, having joined the Trotters in 2003 on a free transfer fromSouthampton.

Despite being told he is now surplus to requirements, the veteran Sheffield-born striker insists he is not thinking about retirement just yet. 

“It was a bit of a shock,” he told Talksport. “I was shocked at the time and it’s not quite sunk in yet, but these things happen.

“It’s surprising. This is home and I thought I’d be at this club until I retired and maybe start coaching afterwards. But that’s not going to be.

“I’ve had a few clubs come in for me so I’m not going to start panicking about retiring just yet.

“I want to carry on for at least a couple more years. It hurts right now, but hopefully by the end of this season I’ll have a new challenge ahead of me.”

The move comes as part of manager Dougie Freedman’s intention to lower the age of his squad, with 34-year-old Bulgarian winger Martin Petrov departing in January. 

The striker has made more than 400 appearances and scored 87 goals for the Whites in a decade at the club.

Being just shy of ten complete years of service, Davies technically does not qualify for a testimonial with the Championship club.

But Whites chairman Phil Gartside believes the club will be more than happy to offer their captain the honour, if he asks for it.

“If Kevin Davies approaches us, as he’s entitled to, and says, ‘I want a testimonial’, unequivocally he would get a positive answer,” he said.

“In my time here not many players have done ten years. We do respect players we’ve respected them all the time.

“We’ve looked after players for as long as I’ve been chairman and we’ll continue to do so.”

Davies has played 38 games this season forBolton, scoring six goals as they sit five points off the play-offs.

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