I'll be back, vows Holden

Published May. 23, 2011 3:15 p.m. ET

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."