FORMER Dorchester Town loanee Klaidi Lolos is backing himself to “thrive” under the “expectation and pressure” that comes with playing for Bolton Wanderers.

Lolos, 23, spent two months on loan with Dorchester when at parent club Plymouth Argyle, featuring nine times and scoring four goals.

Following his exit from the Pilgrims, he went on to play permanently for Torquay and Oxford City in non-League before joining Crawley Town in 2023.

The Greek attacker responded with 13 goals in 46 appearances in Sky Bet League Two, before playing and winning at Wembley in the play-off final as Town beat Crewe 2-0.

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His performances alerted Bolton boss Ian Evatt as to his potential and last week Lolos agreed a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Lolos spoke of Evatt’s powers of persuasion ahead of his move to the former Premier League side.

“He introduced himself and we were just talking about what the ambitions are and how different it’s going to be from coming from Crawley,” Lolos said.

“It’s two different things in terms of the fanbase and the amount of fans that you get at the stadium.

“If you was to lose a game at Crawley, it’s probably most likely not going to be the same as if you lose a game at Bolton.

“So, there’s so much more expectation and pressure, which I back myself to thrive under.”

In an interview with the same broadcaster, Evatt said of Lolos: "He's a very talented boy.

“He's aggressive with and without the ball but also extremely technical.

"He will give us options in games because he can play in multiple positions really well.

"I think there's improvement to come but I think he's a young player with a journey that has made him hungry."