Holden to kick-on after earning new Bolton deal
Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden will not become complacent after earning a new three year deal at the Reebok.
The USA international arrived in Lancashire in last term's January transfer window and the former Houston Dynamo has been a revelation for the Trotters and has missed just 13 minutes of Premier League action so far.
And the 24-year-old is determined to prove boss Owen Coyle was right to offer him a new contract which will keep him a Wanderers until 2013.
"It's nice to have that bit of security but it's not something I want to rest on," he told The Bolton News. "I want to keep pushing on and showing the fans and the manager why they should have that faith in me.
"They believe I can be a big player for this club so it's up to me to show that I can keep performing, and pushing this team forward."
He may have arrived at the Reebok a relative unknown in the English game, but the Scotland-born playmaker is revelling in his chance to prove the doubters wrong.
"The manager gave me a chance, brought me into the club on a free transfer and a short-term contract and asked me to prove myself," he said.
"I've done part of that but it's not a finished job. I need to keep my place in the team and try to make Bolton the top team I think they can be.
"I've always had the self-belief that I had some ability and that I could handle football at this level.
"I'm playing with some great players around me and they are giving me the platform to play at the minute.
"It's a team game, and if sometimes I'm required to do the dirty work and make tackles, or if in others I have to get on the ball more, then I have no problem with that. I'm enjoying my football at the moment."