The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Ben­nett

DO­RIAN Dervite made a brave de­ci­sion to turn down a move away from Bolton Wan­der­ers in Jan­uary, but the cen­tre-back be­lieves his gam­ble has paid off now he is back in the team.

The 28-year-old has strug­gled with a knee in­jury for sev­eral months and found the likes of Mark Beev­ers and David Wheater ahead of him in the peck­ing or­der – leav­ing him sat on the side­lines watch­ing his con­tract wind down.

But Dervite, who spurned in­ter­est from Spain, Ser­bia and Bel­gium, is now back in the heart of Phil Parkin­son’s de­fence and has high am­bi­tions as Bolton at­tempt to re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship at the first at­tempt.

“The man­ager said he was happy for me to stay and that, if I kept work­ing hard, you never know a chance might just come along,” he said.

“I thought I’d be out of the squad for the rest of the sea­son but the man­ager be­lieved in me, gave me my chance, and I have to thank him for that.

“Now I am do­ing my best to stay in the team and keep win­ning. I’m playing and I hope that con­tin­ues.

“It’s my last year and we will see what hap­pens, but first of all I want to stay in the team and bring Bolton back to the Cham­pi­onship. It’s a big club and I think it be­longs there.”

Dervite joined Bolton in 2014 and was there in the dark days of rel­e­ga­tion, but he says it is a far more pleas­ant at­mos­phere this sea­son.

He added: “The club is very dif­fer­ent now.

“Ev­ery­one is hap­pier to go train­ing. The lads get on well with each other and with the staff.

“It is a good at­mos­phere now and we’re smil­ing again.”

RE­CALL: Do­rian Dervite

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