I’ll be back, vows Holden

Holden’s promising campaign came to a shuddering halt in March when
he suffered a serious knee injury following a challenge by
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. However, such was the
United States international’s good form – and the esteem he is held
in at the Reebok Stadium – the 25-year-old was named the club’s
player of the year last night. And while the rest of the squad will
be heading off on holiday, Holden has his own agenda after a break
across the Atlantic. He said: “I have a positive mindset but at the
same time it is tough on you. There are moments when you’re
thinking ‘here we go again’. “It was nice to see my family, relax
and see some old friends. Now I have come back with a clear head
and I will be here over the summer working twice a day trying to do
everything I can to be fit for the start of next season. “I know
what it takes to get through an injury as I have been there before.
I have that mentality and once I have recovered I will make sure I
continue the form I showed before the injury.” Holden’s absence
coincided with a dip in form by Bolton and they finished 14th in
the table after concluding the Premier League campaign with a fifth
straight defeat – 2-0 to Manchester City. Manager Owen Coyle plans
to rebuild when the transfer window opens with five out-of-contract
players expected to leave – Ricardo Gardner, Tamir Cohen, Jlloyd
Samuel, Robbie Blake and Joey O’Brien. Coyle said: “The great thing
for me, given the progress we have already made since coming, is we
know there is room for further improvement. “The club has flirted
with relegation in the past but we’ve not had that. It has finished
poorly in terms of results but not performances. “There will be
some people leaving and I will be looking to bring a few in to take
us onto the next step. “I have to make sure we have that strength
in depth and it takes time to do that. I certainly know what we
need and I will do my utmost to bring those players here.”