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.”