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Manchester City academy graduate Ireland joined Bolton on a short-term deal last week

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Stephen Ireland is desperate to relaunch his career at Bolton after joining the Trotters last week on a short-term deal

Stephen Ireland is desperate to relaunch his career at Bolton after joining the Trotters last week on a short-term deal

Stephen Ireland is determined to put his leg-break horror behind him and prove he can still cut it at a high level following his move to Bolton.

The midfielder eventually joined Bolton last week after initially failing to win a contract with the Trotters during a summer trial due to a lack of fitness as he stepped up his recovery from a double leg-break.

Ireland’s five-year spell at Stoke ended when he left the Potters as a free agent in June, and his switch to Bolton gives him his first taste of football outside of the Premier League during his 13-year professional career.

“I’m not here [at Bolton] to waste my time or waste anyone’s time, otherwise I would have retired and enjoyed my life with my family,” Ireland told Sky Sports News.

“I’m here because I have got a lot to offer, I have a lot to give and I’m not here just to see my career out over the next couple of years. That’s not what I want to do. I think more highly of myself than just doing that over the next couple of years and slogging it out.

Ireland's former clubs include Manchester City, Newcastle and Aston Villa Ireland's former clubs include Manchester City, Newcastle and Aston Villa

Ireland’s former clubs include Manchester City, Newcastle and Aston Villa

“I want to help my team-mates and help Bolton. I want to get myself back to being as strong and healthy as I can, and obviously I want to play as much football as I can and get as many minutes as I can.

“I’m willing to get my heads down, roll my sleeves up on those horrible nights when you’re away from home and up against it. I want to win or lose with my team-mates. I want that feeling again when you’re just dragging your legs into the changing room after a game.

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“I want to see what I am capable of as well. I want to push myself and make myself proud because I want to back up all of my talk.

“It’s one thing saying it, but I just want to play with my team-mates. I want to enjoy it and I just want to get back to doing what I love and just want to play as much football as I can over the next few years with a smile on my face.

“I don’t want to just go through the motions, that’s not what I am here for.”

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