Date: 26th March 2015 at 10:45am
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When Alex Baptiste left Bolton last summer to join Blackburn on a season-long loan deal it wasn’t anticipated that he would return to the club, with it believed his time at the Macron Stadium was up….

Baptise does have another year on his contract though and as such Neil Lennon’s told the Bolton News that he’ll ‘sit down’ with him and have a chat to ‘assess his situation’ to determine if he may still have a part to play for us?

‘I haven’t worked with him before. But he’ll come back in and we’ll sit down. We’ll have to assess his situation and whether there’s a chance he can come in and play for me because he’s under contract with the club.

‘I haven’t really had a chance to look at it, and whether he wants to play here having been away for a year, I don’t know. But that’s something we’ll sit down and talk about with Alex and his representatives.’

There had been some reports at the end of 2014 that Lennon was tempted to recall the 29-year-old from his loan spell in January to take a closer look at him, but this didn’t happen.

Given that Baptiste is still under contract he doesn’t really have much of a choice does he, but with Dougie Freedman leaving the club since he departed on loan you have to feel that Baptiste might at least worth another look at in pre-season? Then again maybe Baptiste is our past and not our future…. That being said with him having a contract it’s not as easy as saying ‘thanks but no thanks’ is it!

Lennon also went onto discuss the contracts of those that will be out of contract and also those that we currently have on loan, he’ll decide who he wants to keep and who he wants to release so he can then look to have a summer to put his ‘own stamp on things.’

‘We’d like to get contracts sorted sooner rather than later and then we’ve got eight or nine on loan going back to their respective clubs.

‘When that’s done we’ll assess whether we want to look at those players again, buy them, or go in a different direction.’

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