Kean Bryan ended a “frustrating” 18 months at Sheffield United in January when he joined Bolton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season.
Bryan joined the Blades in the summer of 2018 on a free transfer from Manchester City. Yet while his new club enjoyed success by getting promoted to the Premier League, the defender was hardly involved.
Bryan made one appearance in the FA Cup that first season. This time around he has played three more times, all in cup competitions.
While United have been impressing in the top flight and currently sit in sixth position after 25 games, Bryan has been watching from the sidelines. The 23-year-old has not made a single match day squad in the league.
What Kean Bryan thinks about his time with the Blades
When Bryan returns from his six-month spell at Bolton he will only have a year remaining on the original contract he signed when he first arrived at Bramall Lane.
The centre-back will be hoping those final 12 months in South Yorkshire – if he remains – are a little happier than they have been so far.
“Sheffield United was a frustrating time. The first year was injuries and this year I had a good pre-season and I was told they wanted me to stay, which was good. But things in football change quickly,” Bryan told The Bolton News.
“They got off to a great start and from there I didn’t get a chance to play.”
The other issue for Bryan when he returns in May is that the Blades have made new signings in his position. Fellow central defender Jack Robinson joined from Nottingham Forest last month. Meanwhile, Panagiotis Retsos arrived on loan from Bayer Leverkusen on deadline day.
Breaking back into Chris Wilder’s squad is therefore going to be tough for Bryan. Especially considering he wasn’t even used in the Championship.