LUKAS AND BECKS ARE BOLTON’S NEW PAIR

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Luke Mur­ray

LUKAS Jutkiewicz had a fleet­ing friend­ship with Jer­maine Beck­ford at Ever­ton, but Bolton’s new striker hopes to forge a far more last­ing part­ner­ship at the Ree­bok Sta­dium.

Jutkiewicz, who left the Tof­fees shortly af­ter Beck­ford ar­rived from Leeds in 2010, has come a long way since leav­ing Mersey­side.

The striker has played in the Cham­pi­onship with Coven­try and Mid­dles­brough but, with just two goals to his name this sea­son while he has been at the River­side, has been granted a loan move by Boro boss Ai­tor Karanka un­til the sum­mer.

How­ever, Jutkiewicz thinks that Beck­ford is the man to help him set­tle into life at Bolton as he aims to find his form again.

“I was with Becks for a lit­tle while at Ever­ton. He had joined from Leeds in the sum­mer and we were com­pet­ing for a spot in the squad,” said Jutkiewicz.

“We went away and spent pre-sea­son to­gether in Aus­tralia. De­spite him be­ing a striker and in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion for a place with me, we got along very well.

“Jer­maine is not only a top player, but a top guy. Even in my first few days here at Bolton he has helped me a lot.

“He ob­vi­ously has that ex­pe­ri­ence and is a lively char­ac­ter – some­one I can get on well with. It’s al­ways a big help know­ing peo­ple when you walk in the door.

“I’m ob­vi­ously very happy to be here and to have ev­ery­thing sorted. I’m very ex­cited, so hope­fully things will work out for both my­self and the club.

“Hav­ing watched Bolton this sea­son, I don’t think they are far away from be­ing a very good team.

“It seems that they have been hav­ing a lot of pos­ses­sion in games and have been look­ing the stronger side – that was cer­tainly the case when I came here to play them with Mid­dles­brough ear­lier in the sea­son.”

Wan­der­ers have also bol­stered their mid­field with the sign­ing of Mill­wall’s Liam Trot­ter and winger Yan­nick Bas­tos.

Freed­man has paid a fee for Bas­tos, who is ex­pected to play in their de­vel­op­ment squad ini­tially.

Bas­tos said: “It is a dream that re­ally came true for me.”

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