Bolton Wanderers move for former Cheltenham Town and Reading goalkeeper Luke Southwood

Luke Southwood started 92 League One matches in a row for Cheltenham Town
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Goalkeeper Luke Southwood has signed for Bolton Wanderers following his departure from Cheltenham Town.

The 26-year-old spent two seasons with the Robins, starting all 92 League One games during that period.

He was on loan from Reading for the 2022/23 campaign, before signing a one-year contract with the club ahead of 2023/24.

Southwood suffered a broken leg during the first half of what turned out to be his last appearance for Cheltenham as they were beaten 2-1 at Stevenage, confirming their relegation to League Two on the final day of the season.

Fit and ready to start pre-season training, he now links up with Ian Evatt's Bolton, who were beaten 2-0 by Oxford United in the League One play-off final at Wembley last term.

In the goalkeeping department, Max Harris has one year left to run on his contract with Cheltenham, while they are expected to recruit former Newport County AFC goalkeeper Joe Day in a player/coach role to replace James Bittner.

Cheltenham are then likely to bring in a loan number one from a higher level club.

Southwood's move to Bolton means all five players offered new deals by Cheltenham at the end of last season have found new clubs, with Liam Sercombe and Sean Long joining Forest Green Rovers, George Lloyd signing for Shrewsbury Town and Will Ferry switching to Dundee United.