Walker pens new Bolton deal

04 July 2008 01:35
Bolton Wanderers have handed veteran goalkeeper Ian Walker a new 12-month contract. The 37-year-old former England keeper has been with the Trotters for the past three seasons and has made eight appearances in cup competitions. He will once again provide back-up for first choice Jussi Jaaskelainen and back-up Ali Al-Habsi at the Reebok Stadium next season. Meanwhile, Jaaskelainen is expected put pen to paper on his own new deal in the coming days. The Finland international had been expected to end his 11-year stay with the club at the end of the last campaign, but has decided to stay on after agreeing terms on a new deal. Jaaskelainen has agreed a four-year contract in principle and has set his sights on reclaiming the number one jersey which he lost to Al-Habsi after missing the closing months of the last campaign through injury. "There's always competition when you play in the top league if you don't perform there's going to be lots of other keepers coming in," he said. "Of course, Ali played very well at the end of last season and will be more impressive, but I think that will bring the best out of everyone."

Source: ESA