The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Stu­art Mar­shall

BOLTON boss Neil Len­non has praised striker Shola Ameobi for of­fer­ing to play for free.

Ameobi came to the end of his short-term deal this week and of­fered to stay on for free to help out the cash-strapped club.

But Bolton had to de­cline his of­fer due to the terms of their trans­fer em­bargo.

Len­non said: “It’s a great ges­ture to of­fer to play for free, and to be hon­est it typ­i­fies the kind of guy he is. I am sure there will be a bit of in­ter­est in him.

“In terms of what he brought to the club he was very, very good. He was vo­cal in the dress­ing room.

“It was a dis­ap­point­ment to hear he would be leav­ing. It’s the em­bargo, so our hands are tied com­pletely.

“He fin­ished with a flour­ish and he will be a mas­sive miss be­cause he was su­perb around the dress­ing room and this isn’t a squad that can af­ford to lose play­ers. It is not as big as it should be, and we’ve lost ex­pe­ri­ence there too.”

PRAISE: Shola Ameobi

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