Cian Thomas Bolger is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a defender for Football League Championship side Bolton Wanderers.
Bolger was born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland,and was Leicester Citys academy Player of the Year in 2009.
Loans to Bristol Rovers
He made his debut in the Football League, while on loan at Bristol Rovers, when he came on as a 78th-minute substitute for Carl Regan in a 6–1 defeat to Walsall on 29 January 2011. He scored an own goal against Brighton and Hove Albion on 5 February 2011 in a 2–4 defeat for Rovers, this defeat left Rovers 23rd in the league one point above Dagenham and Redbridge. In his 4th game for the club against Rochdale on 8 February 2011 he was sent off for the first time in his senior career after a second yellow card for a poor challenge on Chris O Grady.Bolgers first win with the club came on his 6th appearance against Tranmere Rovers on 8 March 2011. Bolger played the full 90 minutes in the 1–0 victory.
On 11 July, Cian Bolger returned to Bristol Rovers on a 6-month loan deal. On 24 September 2011, Bolger scored the first professional goal of his career against Morecombe, and followed this up with the third Gas goal in a thrilling 5–2 victory at home to Rotherham United.
On 31 August, Cian Bolger returned to Bristol Rovers for a third time, his loan will expire on 1 January 2013. On 8 September 2012, he sustained cruciate ligament injury in Bristol Rovers 2–2 draw against Aldershot, and will be out for an estimated 3 months. He made his comeback on Boxing Day, ironically in another 2–2 draw against Aldershot, playing the full 90 minutes.
On 31 January 2013, Bolger signed for Bolton Wanderers.On 28 March, he scored the winner for Bolton Wanderers Reserves in a 3–2 win over Stoke City Reserves. He is currently the captain of the Bolton Development squad.