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Gudjohnsen has licence to thrill at Bolton again

Eidur Gudjohnsen is aiming to turn back the clock and thrill Bolton fans again after the 36-year-old returned "home" 14 years since he last played for Wanderers.

The veteran Icelander is back at the club he first joined in 1998, aiming to experience a late-career renaissance having returned to these shores following short stints with Tottenham, Stoke and Fulham.

Gudjohnsen certainly embarked on an upward trajectory when he left Bolton in 2000, enjoying trophy-laden spells at Chelsea and Barcelona, but he has failed to settle since despite playing in France, England, Greece and Belgium.

Yet the forward, who penned a deal with Bolton until the end of the season last Friday, is optimistic that he can rekindle some of the old magic now he is back in familiar surroundings at the Macron Stadium.

"Injuries came into play and in certain situations in the latter stages of my career I've found it difficult at times to settle in at clubs that I've been to," he said.

"Whether it's been adapting to the style of play, or the surroundings - it just hasn't worked out at times. I feel like I've been here for a couple of years already because it feels like home. Now it's just a matter of me being hard on myself in the next few weeks and being as ready as I can when called upon."

Gudjohnsen, who needs international clearance before he can make his debut, is realistic enough to acknowledge he will not be the same player who helped Bolton reach two play-off campaigns and FA Cup and League Cup semi-finals during his two years with the Trotters.


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