STUART Holden announced his retirement from football last night.

The former Wanderers midfielder played just 38 times for the club between 2010 and 2014 but became a cult hero at the club.

A series of serious injuries has forced him to call time on a playing career that once saw him regarded as one of the brightest prospects in the Premier League.

Holden penned a message to the Bolton fans as he prepared to start a new chapter in his life.

“From day one I was welcomed to the club with open arms and I have felt part of the Bolton Wanderers family ever since,” he said.

“I will always be a Bolton Wanderers supporter and the club will forever hold a special place in my heart. I’m already looking forward to the next opportunity at which I’m able to come back and say hello to everyone.

“If all we have now are memories then let’s remember the best – beating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 on derby day and going absolutely nuts!”

Holden also wrote a retirement letter on which can be read here.