Stu Holden hints at possible loan extension

Michael Steele

Stu Holden is currently doing work at Sheffield Wedneday. The midfielder has appeared in matches over three straight weekends for the Owls and has been ramping up his game time on a consistent basis. After going for roughly an hour in each of his first two matches of Sheffield Wednesday (both wins), Stu played 72 minutes in a loss to Leeds United this past weekend.

Over at his home ground, fitness questions have emerged as Jay Spearing was forced to leave Bolton's match against Bristol City in the first half with an injury. Dougie Freedman maintains that the injury was minor and Spearing should be fit for tomorrow's Leicester City match. With Holden's fitness improving and the need for midfield cover not urgent (Josh Vela has been putting in consistent shifts for the U21s), there is the possibility that Stu's loan at Sheffield Wednesday could be extended.

The loan, which became official during the loan window's deadline day, was scheduled to last for only a month. However, if Holden will not be getting first team minutes with Bolton Wanderers, it perhaps only make sense to keep him at Wednesday until the season ends.

Speaking to PA Sport, Holden said:

"I have two games left and we will re-evaluate it at that point.

"It's until April 24 and we said both managers would sit down and have a chat and see where we go and there's a possibility I could be here until the end of the season.

"It's no secret I've missed a lot of football over the past two years and it's coming back quicker and quicker.

"I'm happy the games are fast and furious. I feel fitter and stronger with every game and more comfortable and for me, it's about getting games, but at the same time contributing and making sure I leave here having made an impact.

"There's nothing that can replicate playing games. I played a couple of reserve games and games here and there for Bolton and to put the shirt on here and play in a couple of derby games makes you really feel like you're part of it again and that you're back.

"Everyone at the club has made me fantastically welcome."

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