James Bolton signs three-year Portsmouth deal after leaving Shrewsbury on free transfer
James Bolton has completed his free transfer to League One giants Portsmouth and signed a three-year deal.
The popular full-back was out of contract at Montgomery Waters Meadow and has joined the Fratton Park club and it has been revealed he rejected a new Salop deal earlier this season.
Bolton, 24, made 85 appearances in his two seasons at Shrewsbury and joins former Salop team-mates Bryn Morris and Craig MacGillivray at Kenny Jackett's side.
Sam Ricketts was a big fan of the defender and spoke to Bolton about new terms but the former Stoke youngster wanted to assess his options at the end of the season.
“We tried very early on to offer him a new deal and spoke again little while a go," Ricketts said.
“He wanted to see out the season and then see what was available for him.
“He felt that at his age he’d be able to get a contract but also may get the chance to further his career elsewhere.
“Unfortunately he chosen to do that and got himself a move to one of the biggest sides in the league.
“He deserves the chance and we wish him well for the future.”