'Shocked' Bolton legend Davies to be released after a decade at the Reebok (and the club told him on his birthday!)
19:58 GMT, 26 March 2013
10:13 GMT, 27 March 2013
Kevin Davies has been left shocked and hurt after discovering he is being released by Bolton at the end of the season.
The former England striker, who turned 36 on Tuesday, is out of contract in the summer and he has been told he will not be offered an extension by the Championship side.
Davies, who has made more 400 appearances and scored 84 goals during a 10-year spell at Bolton, admits he has been taken aback by the news as he had hoped to finish his career at the Reebok Stadium.
Finest hour: Kevin Davies scores for Bolton against Bayern Munich to secure an improbable 2-2 draw in the Allianz Arena in 2007
He told talkSPORT: 'It was a bit of a shock. I was shocked at the time and it's not quite sunk in yet, but these things happen.
'I've had clubs come in for me down the years but always turned them away because I've been so happy here. I always wanted to stay here and finish my career here, and hoped to go into a coaching role. That's maybe why it's shocked me so much.'
The former Blackburn and Southampton centre forward, who will look at the possibility of going out on loan in the next few days, insists he has no intention of hanging up his boots yet, however.
Aerial ultra: Davies scores with his head against Tottenham and (below) Chelsea
'I've had a few clubs come in for me so I'm not going to start panicking about retiring just yet. I want to carry on for at least a couple more years yet. It hurts right now, but hopefully by the end of this season I'll have a new challenge ahead of me,' he said.
Davies also revealed his contract runs out just before he is due a testimonial at Bolton, although the Bolton News report that the striker could still get one if he asks the club.
He said: 'It would have been nice to have one as a thank you for what I've done.
'I was aware when I signed [a new deal] last year it was running short, and the club said they might extend it for a week or two [to get to the testimonial] but I don't think that will happen.
Leading from the front: Davies's all-action style has made the Bolton captain a hero at the Reebok
Yellow peril: Davies, here challenging Tom Cleverley, has been booked 99 times in the Premier League
'Right now it's difficult for me to take but I need to keep my head up. It's going to be hard to try to keep involved, but I just have to try my best.'
Bolton manager Dougie Freedman told the club's official website: 'Kevin Davies is and always will be a Wanderers legend.
'I want to be fair to him as regards his future, as he deserves it. This decision means that he is now free to sort himself out with a new club in plenty of time for next season.'
International man of history: Davies became the second oldest player to make his England debut, against Montenegro in 2010 at the age of 33