Ben Amos
Ben Amos made nine appearances at Bolton but his career will take him away from Old TraffordGetty Images

Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos has returned to the club following a three-month loan spell at Championship club Bolton Wanderers, the Old Trafford club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old made nine appearances for The Trotters during his time at the Macron Stadium, his sixth different loan spell in the last seven years while his opportunities for the 20-time English champions have been limited.

"[I] really enjoyed my time there, it's a club ready to kick on now and challenge in the years to come," he wrote on Twitter. "Thanks to the fans and everyone who made my time at the club so enjoyable, much appreciated!"

Amos has not featured in the United first team since January 2012, making just seven appearances for the club since signing professional terms in 2008.

The former England Under-21 international was told at the start of the 2014/15 season that he was second choice in the United goal behind David de Gea however Anders Lindegaard and new signing Victor Valdes have since moved ahead of Amos in the pecking order.

With his current contract due to expire at the end of the season, Amos has already confirmed his intention to his boyhood team and Bolton manager Neil Lennon hinted at the start of April that he could yet sign the player on a permanent basis.

"You can see by Ben's body language that he has enjoyed his time here and he has done better than I could have hoped," Lennon told the Manchester Evening News.

"He has certainly enhanced his reputation and the fact he is out of contract as well, this has really put him in the shop window. I am sure there will be potential suitors for him and we may be one of them."

Speaking on his United future after moving to Bolton, Amos said: "You could say Victor's arrival was the final nail in the coffin. Pre-season, I was told I was number two. With the cup games, if I'd got a sniff of that, that would have made it worthwhile sticking around for.

"As soon as Victor was brought in, I was essentially demoted to fourth really. Fourth-choice goalkeeper, you've got to move on. If I'm being totally honest because I am a United fan is why I've hung around a little bit more than I should have."