Bibi is hopeful

Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo ‘Bibi’
Gardner is aiming to secure a new contract with English Premiership outfit
Bolton Wanderers under new coach Owen Coyle, following the team’s late relegation
escape this season.

Gardner, whose contract is due to
expire in June, joined Bolton when they were in the championship as an
18-year-old in 1998 under Sam Allardyce and says he is keen on staying on with
the Wanderers.

He said: “I haven’t had any
major injuries this season. I hurt my thigh which kept me out for about 10 days,
but that has been it for me. There haven’t been any serious ones.”

Gardner, 31, was highly favoured by
previous coaches Allardyce and Gary Megson, who preferred to play him further
upfield in the attack, rather than at left-back.

However, the Jamaican skipper was
injured on the appointment of Coyle and hasn’t seen much action under his new
boss.

But he believes he can impress the
new manager during pre-season to ensure that he inks a new deal with the club,
which could see him through until the end of his professional career.

The Jamaican international has
represented just two clubs in his career — Harbour View and Bolton, who have
already promised Gardner a testimonial after more than 10 years of service.

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