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Tuesday 24 January 2012

Mears keen to make up for lost time

Bolton defender back in first-team training after suffering broken leg

Tyrone Mears is yet to make his Barclays Premier League debut for Bolton

Bolton defender Tyrone Mears says he cannot wait to get going for his new club after returning to first-team training following a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The 28-year-old is on the comeback trail after breaking his leg only six days after joining Bolton from Burnley last summer.

"It's been an incredibly frustrating six months or so," Mears told Bolton's official website.

"It sounds obvious, but to break your leg within a few days of signing for a new club isn't the best way to start.

I know exactly what the manager expects from his players and I'm more than ready for it
- Tyrone Mears

"From there I've just had to keep my head down and work hard. All my recovery was more about time, waiting for the bone to heal.

"It was always initially going to be January and I was ahead of schedule but had a bit of a setback in November. Though, since then, everything has gone to plan."

Mears, who played under Bolton boss Owen Coyle at Burnley, has only featured in three pre-season friendlies against Bury, Newport County and Hereford United for his new club.

And the former Marseille defender says he is eager to help the Trotters in their attempt to move up the League table.

"I'm an attacking full-back so hopefully I can first get in the team, then be getting forward as much I can and chipping in with a few assists," added Mears, who has made 68 Barclays Premier League appearances for West Ham, Derby and Burnley.

"I'll always give everything regardless of whatever game I'm playing in. I want to show the consistency I showed when I was last in the Premier League."

Mears also thanked Coyle and the rest of the Bolton staff for their help during his lengthy recovery.

"The gaffer and everyone at the club have been looking out for me and that's really helped," he said.

"Before I signed, from the outside looking in this has seemed like it is a club going in the right direction. It wasn't a difficult decision at all. I know exactly what the manager expects from his players and I'm more than ready for it.

"I've obviously worked with the manager before and he definitely gets the best out of his players and I think he has shown that during his time at both Burnley and Bolton."

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Key Points

  • Tyrone Mears broke his leg six days after joining Bolton from Burnley last summer
  • Defender has returned to first-team training
  • Mears eager to help the Trotters move up the table