Date: 29th October 2011 at 12:20pm
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Darren Pratley says going back to play against his former team-mates will be ‘interesting’ as Bolton Wanderers take on Swansea City today at the Liberty Stadium.

The former Fulham midfielder reached the end of his contract in June and he decided not to sign a new deal, accusing the board of showing little interest in securing him to a long-term contract.

He refused to start talks about a new deal at the end of 2010 which saw the fans show their dislike towards the player for deciding not to confirm his future at the club. This led to Pratley being dropped to the bench for a number of games in 2011 as he started just 26 League games in his final season, scoring 12 goals.

Pratley said:

“I don`t think my contract situation helped,”

“If you look at my stats last season, I didn`t get as many starts as I`d like but I did get 26 starts and 12 goals.

“In any other team, a midfielder scoring those goals would be playing week-in, week-out.

“You have to have belief in yourself and I just point to the fact that every time I was fit, apart from the year my contract was running out, I was picked.”


Pratley also says his return will be ‘interesting’ and that the Swans have the quality to ‘Shock people’ this season:

“It`ll be good to go back to see the staff and the players and let`s just say it will be interesting!”

“They`ll shock a few people this year. People have said their favourites to go down but I believe they will shock a lot of people.

“There are a lot of teams that won`t pick up points, especially at the Liberty Stadium.

“They play football, they keep the ball similar to how Arsenal play with the ball on the floor. They`ll cause a lot of problems because they`ve got players in wide areas that are quick and fast.

“Scott Sinclair, who scored 27 goals last year, and Nathan Dyer, they`ve got threats everywhere.”