Holden not taking new Bolton contract for granted

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden insists he is not taking his recent contract extension for granted.

The former Houston Dynamo star has made a fairly smooth transition to the Premier League since joining the Trotters in January and is now hoping to repay the faith that manager Owen Coyle has showed in him so far.

"It's nice to have that bit of security but it's not something I want to rest on," he told The Bolton News. "I want to keep pushing on and showing the fans and the manager why they should have that faith in me.

"They believe I can be a big player for this club so it's up to me to show that I can keep performing, and pushing this team forward.

“The manager gave me a chance, brought me into the club on a free transfer and a short-term contract and asked me to prove myself," he added.

"I've done part of that but it's not a finished job. I need to keep my place in the team and try to make Bolton the top team I think they can be.

"I've always had the self-belief that I had some ability and that I could handle football at this level.

"I'm playing with some great players around me and they are giving me the platform to play at the minute.

"It's a team game, and if sometimes I'm required to do the dirty work and make tackles, or if in others I have to get on the ball more, then I have no problem with that. I'm enjoying my football at the moment."