KEVIN Davies believes Wanderers owe a debt to their fans after the heartbreak of relegation.

It is just 55 days until the skipper leads the Whites out for the first game of the Championship season at Burnley, and a fortnight until Owen Coyle’s squad return to Euxton for training.

And though the players left on a low note, dropping into the second tier for the first time in more than a decade, Davies reckons it will not take long for the disappointment to be replaced by a desire to “put things right.”

The battle hardened striker is confident Owen Coyle can keep his best players but reckons everyone involved last term must learn from their mistakes, for the sake of those who backed them right up to the last day at Stoke City.

“A lot happened last season that we couldn’t change but we know we didn’t amass enough points or win enough games and that’s what cost us,” he told The Bolton News.

“We had opportunities but they passed us by, and we seemed to be saying that from a few games in. It was a case of making the same mistakes.

“But hopefully as players we’ll learn from the experience and put it right for the fans who supported us.”

Wanderers have been installed as one of the early favourites for promotion and Davies is comfortable with the tag, if Coyle can keep his best players this summer and then avoid the injuries that plagued the Reebok last season.

“I truly hope we can keep everyone together,” he said. “Players are all under contract, although there are bound to be people sniffing round the better players.

“You hear rumours flying round but I’m confident that the players like the club and that the manager and the club can do a job to keep other teams at bay.

“Anything can happen but hopefully we can keep hold of what we have got, and add quite a few more. It’s a bit of a re-assembling job but I think it will be a big season.”

Speculation over the likes of Mark Davies, Chung-Yong Lee and Stuart Holden has thus far proved unfounded, and the club seem adamant they will be able to hold on to their prized assets.

Davies also believes the character of the three players will be a big factor.

“I have spoken about loyalty a lot recently and I think with Stuart and Chungy being out injured for so long, they have been our player of the year for two of the last three years and hopefully they’ll want to prove a point,” he said.

“You never know, but I think they’ve both got the sort of personality to come back and knuckle down.

“You look at Mark Davies, who got a lot of games under his belt last season, and think that he could really turn into a great player.

“Chungy and Stuart are the same - I just hope they can come back and have a good pre-season.”