Holden Hoping For Bolton Contract Talks

  • August 02, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Stuart Holden says he has held talks with Bolton over his future, but discussions have been placed on hold until he is closer to a playing return.

Holden is officially a free agent, after his contract with Wanderers expired at the end of June, but he is unable to sign for another club as he continues to recover from surgery to an anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in March.

Speaking to ESPN in the United States, the 29-year-old admitted he would be interested in pursuing a career in media when he hangs up his boots, but his main priority is to get himself fit and agree to terms on a new deal at the Macron Stadium.

"We had discussions before I left, and it's something that will pick up again once I'm a little bit closer to playing," Holden said.

"Right now, they're in pre-season and they'll be busy with other things. It's important that I get that one-on-one care and make sure that I take care of myself first and foremost.

"It's not been easy on me and I feel the frustration of not only the Bolton fans but everyone associated with the club. I feel it tenfold because I, for one, want to be out there on the field."

Holden's first knee rehabilitation came about in 2010 following a collision with Manchester United's Jonny Evans in a game at Old Trafford. He spent the better part of two years recovering from a series of issues associated with that knee, before tearing the ACL in his other knee representing his country last summer.

He made his return to club football with Wanderers' development squad in March, but lasted less than 20 minutes after the graft used to repair his previously injured ligament gave way.

The United States international believes he may have rushed his recovery in a bid to make his country's World Cup squad, and will avoid making the same mistakes as he attempts to come back for, perhaps, one final time.

"I knew straight away what had happened but I didn't want to believe it," he said.

"As soon as I came off the field I got the MRI and there was maybe a day of feeling sorry for myself. Then it was like, 'Let's get this surgery done, let's get back on the horse and let's do this.'

"I think maybe I was trying to get back for the World Cup. All that together, it was just a bad recipe.

"I'm taking my time this time. I don't want this one to go wrong.

"I still have that hunger, that desire, that drive that wills me on every day in the gym when you're going through tough days to keep going."

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