Jake Wright is back at Sheffield United after Bolton Wanderers decided not to extend his loan deal.
Wright had been in decent form for Bolton after joining them on deadline day in the summer. The defender made 12 appearances in all competitions, despite missing the entirety of October with a hamstring injury.
It was thought that manager Keith Hill would try and extend Wright’s stay at the University of Bolton Stadium until the end of the season.
Yet Hill has decided against that and according to the Bolton News, that could be because of the 33-year-old’s last game for the League One club.
It came at home to Burton Albion on New Year’s Day. Bolton were beaten 4-3 in a performance full of defensive issues, with Hill bemoaning “huge errors.”
Both Wright and centre-back partner on the day, Josh Earl, have since returned to their parent clubs. Earl plays for Preston North End.
However, the issues at the back are perhaps a little deeper. Hill’s side have conceded 19 goals in their last eight matches.
Replacements for Wright and Earl have already been identified. Burnley’s Jimmy Dunne is being considered on loan. Meanwhile, David Wheater could return to the club from Oldham Athletic.
What next for Jake Wright after Bolton snub?
It is almost two years since Wright last played for the Blades in a Championship victory over Middlesbrough in April 2018. He did not make a single appearance during their promotion campaign of 2018/19.
Clearly not deemed good enough for the second tier by manager Chris Wilder, that is unlikely to have changed now United are in the Premier League.
It means that Wright will probably need to find another club during the January transfer window if he wants to keep getting game time.