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BALA Town have signed central midfielder Hyuga Tanner, who was a free agent after being released by Bolton Wanderers.

The 20-year-old was forced to quit Wanderers last summer because the transfer embargo left him starved of opportunities after the EFL stated categorically that he could not be used for first-team games as the club had filled its 23-man quota in League One.

Tanner said that without guarantees of regular game-time next season he would have to move on. "Unfortunately, the embargo has stopped me playing first-team football and I need to be out there getting some first-team experience," he said.

“So at the end of this season I was looking to go elsewhere and push for first-team action as the embargo doesn’t seem to be getting lifted anytime.

“I wanted to find that here in the UK, because I love playing here.”

Tanner had been a regular in David Lee’s Bolton development squad and originally left his native Sydney at the age of 14 to join Blackburn’s Academy.