Holden is aiming to retain his place in the side in this his first full season at the Reebok Stadium after a short spell at Sunderland earlier in his career.
The United States international then went on to build a fine reputation in Major League Soccer before deciding to try his luck in England again.
Holden, who secured a contract at Bolton after a trial, said: "It was a bit stop start for me last season and I was injured.
"Now I have had a pre-season and the experience of the World Cup I want to make a big impact at Bolton.
"I am feeling 100 per cent physically and really looking forward to building up my fitness, getting some more games and really pushing on."