Bolton boss rules out move for departing Portsmouth favourite - clearing path for Bradford

Bolton boss Ian Evatt has ruled out a move for Gareth Evans - clearing the way for the departing Pompey favourite to join Bradford.

Friday, 25th September 2020, 3:21 pm
Gareth Evans. Picture: Joe Pepler

Evans' Fratton Park exit has officially come to an end, after the fans' favourite said his goodbyes on Instagram last night.

The 32-year-old spent five years on the south coast. He made 218 appearances and scored 38 goals, as well as helping the Blues claim the League Two title in 2017 and the Checkatrade Trophy at Wembley two years later.

Having fallen out of favour under Kenny Jackett since the arrival of Michael Jacobs, Evans was keen to return up north to be closer to his family in Greater Manchester.

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He cancelled his Pompey contract by mutual consent to move elsewhere for regular football.

Bolton were believed to be interested and Evatt admitted he's aware of Evans' availability.

But the Trotters manager says he's got enough attacking players in his squad - leaving Evans' path clear to return to Bradford.

Evatt told the Bolton News: 'He’s (Evans) not coming here.

'He’s obviously a player I’m aware of. However, in the midfield area when Sarce gets back fit, obviously we’ve got Ronan Darcy, Tuttey, Brandon Comley, Whitey and Ali Crawford at the moment.

'That’s not an area that we need to strengthen. It’s more the top end of the pitch I’d say where we’re looking to bring players in.'