GRETAR Steinsson wants to follow in the footsteps of his fellow countrymen and become a Wanderers legend.

Iceland’s Gudni Bergsson, pictured below right, and Eidur Gudjohnsen, below left, will forever be remembered in Bolton folklore.

The fans favourites, as well as the likes of compatriot Arnar Gunnlaugsson, all played a vital role in the club’s illustrious history.

And Steinsson wants to go establish himself as one of the Reebok greats.

“All the Icelandic players who have been here have done well and I want to follow in their footsteps,” said the 27-year-old. “People still talk about Gudjohnsen, Gunnlaugsson and, of course, Bergsson, and being part of that is absolutely fantastic.

“People don’t realise how big Bolton are in Iceland. They’ve been following Bolton for the last 12 years and it’s great to be part of that.

“When I was growing up Gudni was the captain of the Iceland team.

We didn’t have a lot of professionals, so when he went out, firstly to Tottenham and then Bolton, he was massive, especially because he was doing so well.

“Gudni gets along with everyone, he works hard and did fantastic things for the club, so if I could do half as well for Bolton then hopefully people will look at me the same way as they did him.”

Steinsson was rejected by Wanderers as a teenager after being recommended for a trial by Bergsson.

But the former AZ Alkmaar full-back completed a dream £3.5million move in January 2008.

And his initial disappointment of being overlooked has made him even more determined to succeed at the Reebok.

He said: “I came here when I was 19 but I wasn’t ready for the first team then and I knew that.

“They promised to keep an eye on me and I almost signed in a couple of windows before I did.

“When I got knocked down it made me want it even more.

“I’ve been watching English football since I was six and I always wanted to come to Bolton.

“Now I’m here I want to stay for a long time because I feel really settled and I enjoy it.”

Being turned down as a youngster is not the only thing spurring the Iceman on ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Fulham.

Wanderers’ 2-1 defeat at Craven Cottage in September was one of their worst performances of the season.

The Iceman is desperate to avenge that woeful display – but knows it won’t be easy against Roy Hodgson’s side.

“It was just one of those days when everything went Fulham’s way and nothing went ours,” said Steinsson.

“It was one of those games where we couldn’t get into it and we were one step behind.

“Now we have the chance to make it better and we are determined to be on the front foot the whole time.

“I watched the first half of their game against Manchester United and even though they lost, Fulham played some really good stuff and had some good chances.

“They’ve got a really good team, a great home record and have some great players and, after their great escape last season, they’ve done really well this time.

“It will be another hard game for us.”