Southend United’s new signing Cian Bolger believes it was the right time for him to move from Bolton Wanderers on a permanent deal.Speaking after joining Blues for an undisclosed fee from the Trotters on a two-year deal, Bolger said he was delighted to have returned to Blues after a one-game loan spell last season.
After two loans spells last season, with Blues and Essex rivals Colchester United, Bolger felt now was the right time for him to get regular football.
He said: “There is only so long you can spend going out on loan before you feel it’s time to try and move on permanently to get some regular football and settle.
“It was a difficult decision for me to leave Bolton, of course, but the opportunity to come to Southend, settle and be part of the first-team was something I couldn’t turn down.
“It was the right time for me to move on. When I heard of the interest from Southend, I was immediately interested because even though it was just one game, I knew what the manager’s philosophy was because of my loan spell.
“I spoke with him on the phone and he explained his vision for the club. It was something I wanted to be a part of so I’m delighted to be here now and excited for what is to come.”
Bolger still sports the scar picked up from his one game for Blues on loan last season against York City at Bootham Crescent.
The defender spent ten minutes off the pitch getting stitched up, and then came off early with an ankle injury that put paid to his stint at Roots Hall.
He’s now looking forward to a longer spell with Blues, and says fans saw on that day at Bootham Crescent what he is all about. He added: “I met up with the team on the day, got injured and was back with Bolton to try and recover straight after.
“So I’d not been down to see the training ground or anything here, but I knew what sort of football the team played and I wanted to be a part of that.
“That’s very much the sort of defender I am. I enjoy getting stuck in, which is of course important in this division, but I also like to get the ball down and play which I know the manager likes his team to do.”
With the season getting underway in just a few days at Accrington Stanley, Bolger can’t wait, and he says he’s in good shape after a positive pre-season with Bolton.
He said: “We went away to Sweden and I got a few games under my belt there, before playing another couple of 90 minutes back in England.
“So I’m feeling fit and ready to get going against Accrington. I’ve been here just a day but you can sense the excitement among the squad about the season ahead.”