Premier League dream is down to me, says Wanderers' City loanee Trafford

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James Trafford believes he will play in the Premier League one day
James Trafford believes he will play in the Premier League one day

IT will be full speed ahead for James Trafford during his time at Bolton Wanderers as he seeks to realise his Premier League dream.

The teenage keeper has made an encouraging start in League One after returning to the UniBol on loan from Manchester City for the season.

Since the summer he has picked up a first England Under-21 cap and been given a new long-term contract by his parent club.

Trafford has spoken in the past about his target of becoming Manchester City’s number one keeper and he believes gaining experience with Bolton will be a big part of his career progression.

“I have a chance but it only comes from myself,” he said. “I could take my foot off the gas now that I have got a new contract and just bob it, really. But, no, I want to keep going at my best because I want to play in the Premier League, which I think I will.”

Trafford’s impact since signing on loan in January is considerable.

In the 25 league games he has started Wanderers have won 15, drawn seven and lost just three.

Saturday’s battling draw with 10 men at Port Vale felt like a turning point for a side that has often struggled against the division’s more physical and direct sides.

But speaking after the final whistle, Trafford said he has been impressed with the way Bolton’s defence has shaped up since his arrival.

“To be honest, since I came in during January I hadn’t really noticed any problems,” he said.

“I think maybe because we changed to a three or a five, we have defended crosses really well and last season I don’t think we were a soft touch to anyone.

“If people maybe think we are, then watch this match.

Wanderers have five of their next six games at home, starting with Morecambe tomorrow night and followed by the visit of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Ian Evatt is expected to freshen up the side that performed so well in the heat at Port Vale and Trafford sees no reason why they cannot get back on a winning roll.

“It’s the nature of the league that a game comes along quickly and now we have got two big home games,” he said. “I presume there will be changes and I am sure everyone will be ready to give it a good go.”