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'Andrews free to leave'


Keith Andrews. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Keith Andrews. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Keith Andrews. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

BOLTON Wanderers have told Keith Andrews (pictured) that will be allowed to leave the club as they cannot guarantee him first-team football.

Having spent last season on loan to Brighton, Andrews is now back at Bolton as he has a year left on his contract but boss Dougie Freemdan has omitted the Dubliner from the squad for a pre-season four and it seems clear that Andrews, 34, has to move on

"Keith wants to play week-in, week-out and I can't guarantee that. At his age he should want to be playing every week and rightly so, he's been a good professional around this place," said Freedman.

"As we speak he's got a decision to make. He either goes and gets first team football somewhere and gets himself sorted or he's happy to be in the squad. That's all down to him.

"I think his preference would be to play, and of course, I understand that.

"I'm sure there will be clubs interested in him because he did very well at Brighton last season," he said.

"He is a good professional and there is no problem between him and me at all. I've been very honest with Keith and he's conducted himself very well."

Meanwhile, Millwall boss Ian Holloway says he will consider handing the captain's armband to David Forde for next season.

"At the moment I'm looking for leaders to step forward. You could argue that David Forde should be captain but I'm not sure he can make people hear him from his own penalty area. Having said that, I might make him club captain and then pick someone else to be team captain - I really don't know yet," he says.