Former Welsh League striker Christian Doidge joins Bolton
Former Welsh League striker Christian Doidge has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan from Forest Green Rovers until January.
The move will become permanent for a seven-figure fee in the next transfer window.
Doidge has made a name for himself in the lower leagues of the English pyramid, having turned out for Dagenham and Redbridge before linking up with Forest Green Rovers.
But, the striker has now become the second former Welsh domestic player to move clubs for £1m or more in the space of a week, after Tom Bradshaw joined Millwall for a club record fee from Barnsley.
Speaking to BWFC.co.uk, the former Barry striker said: “To have the opportunity to play Championship football for a massive club like Bolton Wanderers is what I’ve dreamt of and I can’t wait to get stuck in and learn from the other lads to hopefully do well for the club.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead – I can’t wait to learn from the manager and his staff as I look to improve as much as I can.”
Doidge added: “It’s a step up in level, but I’m willing and determined to improve my game and make myself a better player.”
The 26-year-old turned out for Croesyceiliog and Cwmbran Celtic in the Welsh Football League, before joining Barry Town and then Carmarthen Town in the top flight of Welsh football.
The forward netted 17 times in 31 league games for the Old Gold in 2013-14, before he made his move to Dagenham.
After two years with the club, Doidge signed for Conference Premier side Forest Green. In his debut campaign, he scored 25 times as the club secured promotion via the playoffs before he scored 15 times in the club’s maiden season in League Two.
The striker started the current season in fine form and has subsequently been snapped up by Bolton on an initial loan, that will become permanent in January.