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Fulham full back Marlon Fossey has joined Bolton Wanderers on loan for the remainder of the season.

The American defender has starred for Steve Wigley’s under 23 side this season, creating five goals in eleven appearances as the young Whites have built up a significant advantage at the top of the PL2 Second Division table. Fossey, who saw his loan at Shrewsbury Town cut short by injury last season, joins Wanderers with Ian Evatt’s side sitting sixteenth in League One and looking to end a run of three consecutive defeats.

The 23 year-old, who trained with his new team-mates this morning, told Bolton’s official website:

“I’ve been playing U23s football this season and it’s a step up from that and I’m excited for the challenge. With 23s games you’ve got 10s/20s people watching. Now you’ve got potentially thousands and I like playing in front of a lot of people and I’m getting the prospect of doing that every week, so I can’t wait.

It’s a higher level and I think the more minutes I can earn myself the higher my level will get. It’s a great opportunity to test myself and whatever happens I think I’ll learn a lot from it. I’m aware of Bolton’s Premier League history. I was up here a couple of days ago and was shown around the stadium and the facilities. It definitely looks like a club that was once at the top. There’s definitely an aura of hunger to get back up there and hopefully I can help them with my little part while I’m here.

I’m like most full-backs these days. I like to have the ball in the attacking area and I like to impact the game defensively as well. I have an intensity and athleticism and hopefully Bolton can see the best of me while I’m here. I’m here to try and bring the club into a better place than they are at the moment and I’m hungry to help out as much as I can.”

The former United States under-20 international is in contention to make his Bolton debut in the Papa John’s Trophy quarter final at Hartlepool tomorrow night.