James Trafford has become the fourth signing through the door in the January transfer window at Bolton Wanderers.
He is highly rated at the Etihad Stadium after playing a big role in the Under-23s’ Premier League 2 triumph last season and spending a lot of time around the senior team having been named on the bench on six occasions without making his debut.
Trafford has spent the first half of the current campaign at another League One club in Accrington Stanley but, despite starting the season as the No.1, has struggled for minutes after being ousted by Toby Savin and has not played since November 23.
He has now joined Wanderers after ending his loan spell at Stanley and will act as competition in the goalkeeping department for the number one jersey with Joel Dixon and Luke Hutchinson.
City boss Pep Guardiola sees Trafford as fourth in line at the Premier League champions, behind the likes of Ederson, Zack Steffen and veteran Scott Carson.
Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola made reference to the progress Trafford has made in an interview in January of last year, hailing his development.
Discussing his goalkeeping department of Ederson, Steffen, Carson and Trafford, Guardiola said: “We have two top keepers and even the fourth one, [James] Trafford, is a guy who is growing really really well.
“And we have one player, one keeper that is so important for us and that is Scott Carson.
“He is like a captain behind the scenes, like Fernandinho. He is not noticed in the papers or on the field because he is the third keeper but in the locker room he is like another captain.
“He is so important and hopefully he can stay longer with us in the next years.”
Trafford himself has spoken about the City boss and recalled the Spaniard’s reaction to him saving a penalty from the retired midfielder and the warm treatment he has received.
He told GOAL: “He just started laughing. They often take penalties at the end of training. He’d always say if you’d done well in training and he’s been really good with me.”