Kieran Sadlier is in no doubt that his January transfer window move from Rotherham United to Bolton Wanderers has been a success and is aiming to see what he can do next campaign.
Sadlier made the move from the Millers to Wanderers in January after admitting his transfer to the Yorkshire club was not the right one for him.
The 27-year-old has played 18 times since his move, playing in several positions across the final third and also deputizing at wing-back at times too.
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For the campaign, Sadlier found the back of the net 10 times, including four at Wanderers as he broke into double figures for the campaign as a whole.
And he is hoping to kick on at Wanderers next season as the club aims for promotion and feels they can even target the title.
He said: “It definitely has (been the right move). But to be honest there was no risk about it for me. It felt good from the start. It’s perfect for me, on the pitch and off the pitch as well, settling in to a new city and I know people up here anyway so it’s been really good and the football, now I’m in the team and doing well, confidence is good. do.
“I looked at them (season stats) as well the other day and I’ve played a few games more than I did at Rotherham. It was just very stop-start there and when I played I did well, but there was just no consistency to playing.
“Here I’ve played quite a few on the bounce and I think that gives any player confidence really that the manager trusts you. Over periods of time, the consistency, you can see with my goals to games ratio is really good and to be fair, I’ve somehow managed to get double figures this season, which was a target of mine at the start of the season, but I didn’t realize the other day until I’d done it.
“Now I’m just really motivated for next season and if I can do that in a season where it’s been quite stop-start, what can I do next season when I can hopefully play more regularly.
“I think our points tally would get you in the play-offs most years, which is crazy. That shows you how competitive and how good (the league) is. We want to win the league next season, as simple as that. We have got the team to do it but we have to work hard and get things right.
“We’re in form and personally I’m in decent form and it would be nice to play a few more games and get my numbers up even more and for the lads, we wanted the play-offs but it is what it is at the moment
“Next year we’re fully focused on trying to get promoted straight away and that would be the main aim as soon as we come back in June.”
Sadlier started seven out of the last eight games of the campaign as he had his longest spell of sustained game time in the season as a whole.
With that came match fitness and sharpness, something that is very much needed to play for Wanderers and the high intensity that Ian Evatt wants his side to play at.
And it’s something that Sadlier is well aware of and believes fitness is needed to help make a team function.
He said: “I’ve always been fit. I’ve always been fit naturally since I was younger, I always used to do running and stuff. Sharpness I think is a big thing, sharpness in training, and we do a lot of keeping ball and a lot of pressing.
“It keeps you sharp and I think just those triggers to know when to press and when to not. When I’m playing regularly as I am at the moment, I definitely feel really fit and it becomes much easier getting up and down the pitch .
“I think a lot of the way teams play now, you have to be fit. It’s changed a lot and especially the last five years, you have to be fit. You can’t get away with someone in the team not being up to the fitness levels and to be fair, most of the teams I’ve played in, everyone has been fit in the last few years. It’s a big thing.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.