Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman says Stuart Holden still has a future at the Reebok.
The injury-ravaged midfielder has seen his latest comeback bid rocked by another knee complaint.
Freedman told the Bolton News: “As long as I’m at this football club – and I’ll speak for Phil Gartside and Eddie Davies too – Stu will be a part of it.
“With everyone’s best intention, Stu will be a part of this club as a player, on the pitch, playing. There are many different ideas we’ve got with other things, but right now I’m backing him because he wants to carry on playing.
“You come across people at football clubs that are here for money, for the location because it’s just around the corner, or they are coming to the end of their career or they are using us as a stepping stone.
“But people like Stuart are the complete opposite, he doesn’t talk about his contract, he wants to know how the younger players are doing and why we’re doing different stuff in training.
“I want him here for many, many years to come.”