Will Buckley has re-signed for Bolton Wanderers.
If you looked at the Twitter replies to the tweet announcing his ‘arrival’ you would see that it went down as well as getting a signed photo of Ken Anderson and his family for Christmas. Buckley is a capable player, but he has hardly been able to show it during his time with us. This season may have been the one, playing at League One level and with a manager who has got the best out of him previously, but within weeks of being available again he was injured in the October draw against Blackpool.
That's not a new signing. If I drop a fiver and pick it up off the floor, I'm not £5 richer!
— Charles Pickering (@CMPickering93) January 27, 2020
But what does the move tell us about things in general? Firstly, there seems a touch of desperation. Just weeks after letting him go, he’s back. Whether we went to look for other options in Buckley’s position and couldn’t get any better, we don’t know. At the end of the day, when you’re cut adrift at the bottom of League One, you’re not exactly an attractive proposition.
Our scouting network may still being built up – there has been a lot of talk about going down the ‘Moneyball’ route but surely that won’t be apparent until the summer. I’m still not sure what Peter Kenyon will actually bring to that, but there you go
Speaking of money, it could also just be a money thing, with Buckley possibly taking lower terms than had been initially offered. In any case, it’s at least another body in, and we’re struggling for wide players at the moment, so hopefully he can finally start to deliver in a white shirt.