Sky Bet Championship: Craig Davies receives assurances over Bolton future
Dougie Freedman has assured Bolton striker Craig Davies over his future after a loan move to Wolves fell through.
Last Updated: 28/11/13 4:34pm
Davies, 27, was signed by Freedman last January following a prolific spell at Barnsley but has found first-team chances hard to come by this term due to a combination of injuries and the impressive form of fellow forward Jermaine Beckford.
Beckford's five goals in six appearances have propelled Wanderers up the table and Davies has seemingly descended further down the pecking order following the arrival of Joe Mason on loan from Cardiff this week.
Given his injury-hit start to this campaign, Freedman was keen to move Davies out on loan before Thursday's deadline only to rebuffed at the last possible opportunity by Wolves.
A move to Sky Bet Championship pace-setters Burnley was also mooted but with Sean Dyche unlikely to break up the fruitful partnership of Danny Ings and Sam Vokes there, Davies was unlikely to see a great deal of action at Turf Moor.
"Burnley was a small possibility," said Freedman.
"There was a small enquiry from chairman to chairman on where do we see Craig. I just said I see him, when fit, in my team.
"There was no real enquiry from the manager to say we'll take him. The only one who really said that was Kenny Jackett at Wolves."
Freedman has no plans to offload Davies in January, though, adding: "I felt if it would not have been a bad one (to go to Wolves) for four weeks to get him some games. He's not started, he's not got his season going, and then bring him back in January.
"He's certainly not someone I would like to sell. I only bought him a year ago and I think he's had a bad time with a couple of injuries and his season hasn't got going yet, that was the thinking behind the Wolves one."
Davies spent time on loan at Molineux in the 2006-07 season but a return to the Black Country never materalised because, according to Freedman, Wolves changed their targets.
"That was all agreed and it fell down Wolves' end," the Wanderers boss added.
"They pulled out, they gave their reasons so we moved on. Craig will now be staying with us.
"The reasons were 'We've changed our mind, we've not going to do it, we're going to move on to another target'."