I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked, seeing Cian leave. After all, he was recently told by Michael that he wouldn’t stand in his way if a decent offer came his way.
He is another player we’ll see at the Bank too, as he’s joined League One new boys Northampton Town. It appears to be a deal without a fee, as expected, in order to reduce the wage bill. With Montsma, Walsh and Jackson as out and out centre backs, as well as Eyoma and Melbourne who can play there, there was always going to be a question mark over the former Fleetwood man. It’s still a shame, he looked decent against Salford and I just know my Dad is going to get on about losing another player he likes when I see him tomorrow night.
Keith Curle is chuffed though, and rightly so. He told his local media: “Cian is an experienced centre-back who knows his game and knows his strengths,” he said. “He is very competitive and is an all in type of character who is not afraid of the physical side of the game.
“Cian has played a lot of League One football over the last few seasons, he knows this level well, he knows what is required and is a very good competitor.”
Cian falls into the Sean Long and Scott Wharton category for me, a player who I think could have been good for the club, but he ended up as an unlucky loser. We have been blessed with decent centre backs for a while, Shacks was great first season, Bozzy, Raggs and Luke Waterfall all keeping the likes of James Wilson, Cian and Scott out of the team. I felt Bolger was one of our strongest performers last season and he has purely fallen foul of not being the type of defender MA wants. Bolger can tackle, head and challenge, but his passing wasn’t at the level MA wanted. When you’re playing out from the back you need a certain type of defender. I can’t help but feel Cian would have been a great squad player, but at the stage of his career he is at, we don’t need that.
So, that’s that. What more is there to say? Cian Bolger was part of the title-winning team, albeit for six months, plus he looked stable and steady last season. If I had a criticism it wasn’t his passing, rather the fact he didn’t threaten at set-pieces going forward like Luke and Raggs did and, hopefully, like Adam Jackson will. However, I won’t hear a word against Cian as a player, he showed exemplary attitude, was always eager and able when called upon and was a really nice bloke too, grounded and quiet. Transitional periods need players to move on sadly, and Cian is yet another victim of that process.
It looks like he’ll be sadly missed by these Imps fans on social media too.