Andrews eyes promotion
Bolton midfielder keen to be a key man for Coyle's squad
Last Updated: June 30, 2012 5:03pm
Keith Andrews: Republic of Ireland international has set his sights on promotion with Bolton
New Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews is confident he has joined a side who are capable of challenging for an immediate return to the Premier League.
The Republic of Ireland international has joined the Trotters on a three-year deal after returning from Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
Owen Coyle's side lost their top-flight status on the final day of last season and then saw a host of first-team players head for the exits as their contracts had expired.
Yet Andrews, who moves to the Reebok Stadium following his short-term spell with West Brom, is confident Coyle can add to the nucleus of talent at his disposal.
"It's a very tough league, but if you have the right squad and right characters in the dressing room, you can be successful. And looking at our squad, I believe we have a fantastic group of players to tackle the Championship."
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And the 31-year-old, who had a spell on loan in the Championship with Ipswich last season, believes he can be a key figure as Bolton look to reclaim a seat at the top table.
Andrews told the club's official website: "It's a very tough league, but if you have the right squad and right characters in the dressing room, you can be successful. And looking at our squad, I believe we have a fantastic group of players to tackle the Championship.
"I'm sure there will be a few new signings and fresh faces too, and that can only help the current squad. We are certainly geared up to be fighting for promotion.
"I was aware of the manager's interest before the European Championships and I was obviously very flattered by that. Every time I have come across the manager he always seems like a very positive person.
"The manager spoke to me at length and highlighted his vision for the club, saying how he wanted to get back up to the Premier League at the first opportunity.
"From my point of view, he sold the club to me. He impressed me with what he had to say and I had no doubts. He wanted me to come here and be a big player for the team."