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Stephen Ireland leaves Bolton Wanderers without making an appearance

Sat, Dec 22 2018

Credit: Bolton Wanderers FC

Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ireland has left Bolton Wanderers by mutual consent without making a senior appearance.

The 32-year-old joined the Lancashire club on a short-term deal in October but failed to make a breakthrough into the first team with the cash-strapped Championship club.

Former Manchester City midfielder Ireland had spent the previous five seasons with Stoke City, a spell that was marred by a broken leg that kept him out of action for nearly two years.

Corkman Ireland, who began his career with Cobh Ramblers before joining Man City as a 15-year-old, had spells with Aston Villa and Newcastle United before joining Stoke.

He made his senior debut for Ireland in March 2016 and would go on to make six appearances, scoring four times, before retiring from international football.

Ireland found himself at the centre of controversy after he withdrew from an important Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic, claiming his grandmother had died.

This was found to be untrue and Ireland later revealed he had left the squad for personal reasons, and did not return to international action after that point.

“Bolton Wanderers can confirm the cancellation of midfielder Stephen Ireland’s contract by mutual consent,” read a club statement.

“The 32-year-old linked up with the Whites on a short-term contract back in October, but the decision has now been taken between himself and the club to bring his deal to an end.

“All at BWFC would like to wish Stephen all the best with his future endeavours.”