LEN­NON LOV­ING LIFE WITH HESKEY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BOLTON boss Neil Len­non has de­fended the sign­ing of vet­eran Emile Heskey af­ter of­fer­ing the for­mer Eng­land striker an ex­tended deal un­til the end of the sea­son.

Heskey, 37, was signed by Len­non in De­cem­ber on a short-term deal and scored on his Trot­ters de­but against Black­burn on Boxing Day.

The ex-Liver­pool and Le­ices­ter for­ward has strug­gled for form since, but Len­non praised Heskey’s con­tri­bu­tion af­ter an ex­ten­sion was agreed.

“We’ve ex­tended it un­til the end of the sea­son and we’ll sit down and have a chat with him once ev­ery­thing is through,” said Len­non.

“What a player he is. There were a lot of raised eye­brows when we brought him in but if you look at his in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances they are very, very good for a guy of his age and he leads the line bril­liantly.”

Len­non has bol­stered his de­fence with the sign­ing of Crys­tal Palace’s Paddy McCarthy on loan un­til the end of the sea­son.

The 31-year-old said: “I’ve been re­ally im­pressed by ev­ery­thing at the club so far, and on a per­sonal level I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting the chance to play at Macron Sta­dium.”

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