Bolton Wanderers Holden to hero Stu as he agrees new one-year deal

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

STUART Holden has ended any lingering speculation over his future by telling Wanderers he will definitely sign a new contract.

In what will come as welcome news to the fans, The Bolton News understands the midfielder has sent written confirmation to the club that effectively ties him to a new 12-month deal at the Reebok.

Although both parties claimed terms have been agreed for several weeks, the fact there had been no conclusion had caused ripples of concern among the Whites faithful.

Holden was going to be out of contract at the end of June, and could potentially have walked away for nothing, but despite being back home in the US at present, his representatives have now sent documents that will be signed off in person at the end of next month.

Wanderers were refusing to comment last night – but the club had made sorting the 27-year-old’s future a matter of pressing priority and now appear to have got their man.

Holden will link up with the US national team this weekend for a training camp in preparation for forthcoming friendlies against Belgium and Germany.

It will be the first time he has been involved with the national set-up since October 2010, and his aim is to be involved with Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica, Panama and Honduras next month.

After making a careful return to first team football over the last six months, Holden is now ready to embark upon a busy summer in order to return at 100 per cent for Wanderers pre-season schedule.

He has been training with his former club Houston Dynamo and at the renowned Plex Performance centre in Houston over the last week before joining a 26-man training camp in Cleveland, Ohio this Sunday.

It is hoped that with a full summer of football behind him that Holden can once again be a driving force in the Wanderers midfield next season.

After playing just one game in nearly two years, he made fleeting appearances at the end of last season for the Whites along with a four-game loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

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