New Bolton Wanderers signing Owen Beck says parent club Liverpool wanted the best for him in the move to the Whites and is looking forward to linking up with 'best mate' Conor Bradley at the League One club.
The 20-year-old became Bolton's fifth acquisition of the transfer window yesterday as he joined from the Premier League side on loan for the campaign. He had been on loan at Portuguese side Famalicao, but that was cut short so he could join Bolton.
He follows Eoin Toal and Jack Iredale joining on permanent deals from Derry City and Cambridge United this summer. Defender and Beck's team-mate Bradley has joined from Liverpool, while goalkeeper James Trafford has been signed up again from Manchester City.
Beck did not feature for Famalicao and outlined why he felt that move did not work out in the end. He is looking forward to developing further at Wanderers after the Anfield side wanted the best for him and his development.
He said: “I just feel like the way the team played, it just didn’t really suit me. I think they changed from last season so that had a bit of an affect on it. I just didn’t see myself improving as a player there so I’ve come to Bolton and I can’t wait for it.
“They (Liverpool) just wanted the best for me and wanting what I felt was right so Liverpool were great with it. But we move from here now.
“As soon as I found out they (Liverpool) wanted me, I was over the moon. I’ve supported them since I was younger so when they came in it was a no brainer really. I feel like since I’ve been there I’ve improved, I’ve pushed on and I’m here now today."
Beck will link back up with best friend Bradley at Wanderers. The duo have progressed together through the youth team ranks at Liverpool and will now play together in League One for Ian Evatt's side.
The 20-year-old is looking forward to linking up again with the Northern Ireland international at Bolton and has kept up with Bradley's progress this season while at Wanderers. The great-nephew of Liverpool legend Ian Rush is hoping to make a similar impact as Bradley has done.
He said: "He’s my best mate. I was there before but he joined around under-18s and since then we’ve been best mates playing on the opposite side to each other. We just love playing with each other really.
“When I’m crossing and when he’s crossing, we look to pick each other out and I feel like over the years we’ve picked up a really good chemistry.
“I called him and then he was buzzing with it. While I was in Portugal, because he’s my best mate I was always watching the games and I’ve seen how he’s played and he’s done brilliantly.
“I’m just looking to make the same impact.”
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