Reported Leeds target Gary Madine explains why he chose Bolton

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A player who allegedly turned down Leeds United this summer has been speaking about the faith his new manager showed in him.

New Bolton Wanderers striker Gary Madine has been speaking to the Bolton News about why he chose the club ahead of other alleged suitors this summer.

The newspaper claims the 24-year-old turned down moves to Leeds United and Blackpool to instead sign for Neil Lennon’s side, and now the front-man has lifted the lid on why he chose Bolton.

Madine spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackpool and their first-team coach Alan Thompson revealed that Bolton manager Neil Lennon was impressed by what he had seen.

“When I did okay against Bolton he (Thompson) said he (Lennon) would come to watch me the next week against Ipswich and I did alright again," Madine said in comments published by the Bolton News.

“Thankfully Neil Lennon stuck a bit of faith in me, took a chance, so hopefully I can repay him and get a few goals knocked in.”

Given his loan spell at Blackpool it is no surprise they were reportedly interested in signing him permanently, but Leeds’ alleged interest is considerably more surprising.

Leeds certainly needed to strengthen up front this summer but whether or not they were interested in Madine they have not done badly following his decision to sign for Bolton, with Uwe Rosler’s side signing promising young striker Lee Erwin from Motherwell and the impressive Chris Wood from Leicester City.

In the latter Leeds have a striker who knows how to score regularly in the Championship, so even if it was Lennon’s attention that convinced Madine to move elsewhere, the Whites should do perfectly well without him.

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