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End of the Bolton road for Reggae Boy

RELEASED: Ricardo Gardner

FORMER Jamaica international Ricardo Gardner has left Bolton Wanderers. The Lancashire club were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship last Sunday and the utility player is one of a dozen players subsequently released.

The Jamaican had not been included in Bolton’s squad of 25 players for the second half of the season, fuelling speculation that his 14 year career at the club would soon come to an end. After being initially sidelined with thigh strain it was discovered that Gardner had also suffered another knee injury.

Gardner rose to international prominence – and Bolton’s attention - following the 1998 World Cup. His performances for Jamaica during the 1998 tournament attracted Bolton, who offered his club Harbour View £1 million for his services.

The popular Gardner, who has 109 international caps to his name, was adjudged the Bolton Player of the Year in 2006.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said of Gardner: “ He has offered incredible service to Bolton and I'd like to personally thank him for all of his efforts, particularly during the time I have worked with him.”

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