Oladapo Afolayan’s message to West Ham United after sealing Bolton Wanderers permanent move

The Anglo-Nigerien got a new contract after delivering impressive performances during his temporary stay

Oladapo Afolayan enjoyed West Ham United after making a permanent move to Bolton Wanderers on Friday.

The 23-year-old teamed up with the Hammers in 2018 but struggled to buy time and had to settle for loan spells away from the club.

After spending time with Oldham Athletic and Mansfield Town, he joined the Trotters on his third stint away from the Hammers in February.

The forward has made 21 appearances for Bolton in Ligue 2 and his performances have been convincing enough to secure a permanent contract.

Afolayan thanked the Hammers for the time he spent with the club and expressed his joy at his move to Bolton.

“I want to thank all the Academy and Club staff for giving me the opportunity to play in professional football. I learned a lot, had my ups and downs and became the ‘man and the player that I am today,’ Afolayan told the club website.

“I want to thank Dmitri [Halajko], Pottsy (Steve Potts) and all the backroom staff with the team for helping me over the last few seasons, Konch (Paul Konchesky) for helping me while I was on loan and everything the staff at Chadwell Heath and Rush Green for all the hard work they put in for us every day!

“I will always remember my time at the Club, especially my early days, and I will continue to support them from a distance. I wish everyone at the club success in the future!

“I am delighted to have made this move permanent. Since I signed up for a loan at the end of January, it has been incredible. For me, that’s the best thing to do: to continue playing regularly for a club that adopted me.

“It was just for me to return that loyalty to the club, the manager and the owners, as well as the fans.”

Afolayan has played for the England youth team but is still eligible to represent Nigeria and has previously revealed that he is ready to play for the Super Eagles although he is aware he will need to provide some Outstanding club performance to win a three-time African Champions call.


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