Sheffield Wedneswday: Holden thanks Owls

Stuart Holden has paid tribute to Dave Jones, his staff, and the Wednesday players and fans
Stuart Holden has paid tribute to Dave Jones, his staff, and the Wednesday players and fans

Stuart Holden is rooting for Wednesday in their push for Championship safety after he helped them along the way during his loan stay.

Now helping Bolton’s challenge for the play-offs, he has issued a big thank-you to the Owls

The midfield player has described it as the perfect loan.

The team collected some good results and he improved his match fitness.

It also prepared him for the USA squad’s busy summer.

“It was almost the perfect loan in that Sheffield Wednesday did well, and I got sharper with each game.” said the 27-old-old whose career was interrupted by injury.

“I had a good chat with the gaffer, Dave Jones, on the Monday before the Blackpool game and he asked whether I was ready to play two games in a week. I wasn’t quite ready after playing my first one against Barnsley but this time I felt much stronger, so I have got a lot to thank them for,” he said.

“Bolton paid for my entire loan, picking up my salary, but Wednesday were very accommodating in making it known they wanted me to come in and get those games.

“The gaffer (Dougie Freedman) maybe didn’t think I was there, fitness-wise, when I left (Bolton), but after a month of games, I’ll be in a much better position to be knocking on his door and saying ‘I want to be a part of this.’

“One thing I definitely wanted to do is say thanks to Dave Jones, his staff, the players and the fans at Wednesday, because they have been superb.

“I really enjoyed my time there and hopefully they enjoyed having me.”

Holden, who is set to sign a new contract, has also revealed that Bolton paid all of his wages while he was with Wednesday.

He started four games, against Barnsley, Blackburn, Leeds and Blackpool, from which the Owls took seven points as they moved to the verge of safety.

The midfielder was particularly pleased to play twice in the space of three days, at Leeds and on the notorious pitch at Blackool: “That was as big a test as I’m likely to get.”

He also said: “Klinsmann called me before the Leeds game and said he’d been watching me. He was impressed with my attitude in getting back out there..

“The assistant manager was at that game and he wrote me a nice email to say ‘run with it’ and see how far I can push on now.

“I think Klinsmann has spoken to Dave Jones and Dougie Freedman about the best way to keep me going over the summer. There are a lot of games and I want to be involved.”