LENNON LOVING LIFE WITH HESKEY
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.”