“I can hit the ground running”
KIERAN Sadlier feels fans have yet to see the best of him in wanderers shirt.
Barely four months after his Bolt Career, the former Rotherham United playmaker has already proved a wise addition, filling a number of different positions for Ian Evatt at the end of the League One season.
But while Sadlier now feels he has his feet under the table at the University of Bolton Stadium, he is convinced that his performances will improve further with a pre-season alongside his new team-mates.
“I think it was important to arrive in January, so I had the second half of the season to lay down and get used to everything off the pitch,” he said. Bolton News“understanding the environment, getting to know the guys and everyone around the training floor.
“Now I can get to work in pre-season, be as fit as possible and we can start the season really well.
“I’m looking forward to our training when we return. It’s a really good environment to be here at this club and I think all the guys are looking forward to it.
Sadlier finished last season as a right-back, following Marlon Fossey’s season-ending injury in mid-March.
It is hoped Wanderers will soon agree a permanent deal for the Fulham defender which would clear the way for Sadlier to fight for one of the attacking points.
“I will play wherever he (Evatt) wants me to play and I will try to do my best in that position,” Sadlier shrugged. “I got used to playing as a right-back in the last games I played and started to really enjoy it.
“At the start – new system, new guys and the way we play, I was just getting used to it. But I’m used to it now.
“It’s something I enjoy and I can see where I can have the most impact in this position – that’s how I see it.
“I would also like to add more assists. But wherever I play next year, I’m happy to do it and see what the manager wants.
Wanderers will find out this weekend whether Sunderland or Wycombe will stay in League One next season as the two clubs face off in the play-off final at Wembley.
The division already hosts Derby County, Peterborough United and Barnsley from the Championship and could have up to eight former Premier League sides competing for three promotion spots.
The standard, Sadlier agrees, increases with each season.
“I think if you look at the top 12 in the league, it’s all the big teams – all the teams you expect to be up there,” he said of the season-ending draw. “It’s a tough league. It’s as tough as ever with the stature of the clubs participating in it.
“Some clubs aren’t as good as you’d expect given the breadth of their history, but every game is tough in this league.
Even below, matches are still tough, especially when you’re away from home.
“It’s a good league to get involved in. I think it’s as competitive as it even got.”