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Alex Baptiste swaps Bolton Wanderers for Blackburn Rovers

11 July 2014

Blackburn Rovers have signed defender Alex Baptiste on loan from Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers.

Baptiste, who can play at full-back or in the centre of defence, makes the short switch from the Macron Stadium to Ewood Park on a season-long deal.

The 28-year-old began his career with Mansfield where he made almost 200 appearances in a six-year spell with the Stags.

A move to Lancashire followed, signing for Blackpool in the summer of 2008, and he was a key member of Ian Holloway's side as the Tangerines clinched promotion to the Barclays Premier League via the play-off final at Wembley in 2010.

After 190 appearances for the Seasiders, Baptiste joined Bolton summer. He made 43 appearances in all competitions for Wanderers during the 2013/14 campaign and scored four goals, including the consolation in a 4-1 defeat at Ewood Park last August.


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