Date: 23rd April 2014 at 1:53pm
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It’s not been plain sailing for Matt Mills at Bolton but ahead of the meeting with his former side Leicester City he spoke of his settlement at the Reebok Stadium at last.

Mills’ first season with Bolton was ended early by a hamstring injury and last summer it looked as though he could leave the club but a move to Leeds United didn’t materialise in the end with his form Reading boss Brian McDermott failing to link-up with him again.

Dougie Freedman didn’t look to have Mills in his plans when the season started and he knew this but he has knuckled down and this has brought him his chance with him now feeling part of things at the Reebok and settled where he is.

He told the Bolton News: ‘I’ve noticed at the home games that I’m not even in the squad list to be sponsored – so that probably tells you where I was at the start of the season.

‘It’s been tough mentally. There have been times I have had to try to stay strong, so massive thanks to my fiancĂ©e and my family because they’ve kept me going. That’s what makes me strive to put in performances.

‘I just feel happier within myself and feel I’ve got a connection with the fans and the club. I like playing in a team and a squad I feel part of.’

27-year-old Mills went on to say that he thought this season, after he broke back into the side, has ‘probably been the best season of my career’.

Do you think that Mills is now part of Freedman’s plans in the longer-term?

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