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New deal on the cards for Stu Holden

Michael Steele

Despite the fact that Stu Holden will be leaving Bolton Wanderers for the next 28 days, the club and manager Dougie Freedman have confirmed that they want to keep the American around. Holden will be moving to Sheffield Wednesday where he will hopefully slot straight into the Owls' midfield. The announcement from the club allayed fears from Bolton Wanderers fans that they would be forced to see the player (who was arguably the club's best on the field) leave afer nearly two years of inactivity through extended injury.

Stu has been out for nearly two years, but has just recently made major steps in a bid to return to full fitness. Holden made late-game appearances again Sunderland and Everton before going 67 minutes in Bolton's 1-0 win against Peterborough.

Speaking as part of Holden's loan announcement, Dougie Freedman made a point to say that Stu has been offered a contract extension by the club:

"This is the next step in his rehabilitation process and he'll come back to us match fit. This is the best move for Stuart and is a win-win-win situation for everyone involved.

"We had a good chat earlier in the week. I informed him that we want him with us next season and have offered him a contract extension."

Speaking to the Bolton News, Freedman delved into a little more detail about the situation:

"It's fantastic news that we'll be giving him a new contract.

"I'm sending him out to get games because whatever I do is in Bolton's best interest. I am doing something that helps in the long run.

"Stu has played several reserve games but we're at the stage where he needs that test. I'm looking at the bigger picture because we've got young Josh Vela and Medo, and this move suits everyone."