The 34-year-previous has relished doing combat in the midfield trenches with QPR, Wolves and Stoke, and now Bolton are hoping he will come to their rescue along with his warrior qualities.
Phil Parkinson’s strugglers are the handiest EPL aspect with out a league win to their credit score this season and are rooted to the backside of the Championship after dropping seven consecutive video games for the first time since 1907.
But Henry, a loose agent since being launched by means of QPR, is aware of a factor or two about relegation scraps and is already satisfied that newly-promoted Bolton, some distance from being doomed, have what it takes to stay up.
“I’m optimistic because when I came in on Monday and saw the lads training it was clear they’re certainly not a down-and-out team,” Henry stated.
“I grew to become up part-anticipating to peer a load of disgruntled avid gamers, which occurs, and for coaching to be now not so sharp and folks moping round. But it was once the exact opposite.
“I was once shocked to peer a bunch of avid gamers who’re proper at it. They’re now not missing in trust or group spirit however are apparently now not reasonably getting effects.”
Henry, who inspired on his debut in a 2-zero defeat at Bristol City, says Parkinson has introduced him in “to put my foot in” and upload his revel in.
“I could have gone elsewhere and had an easy time but that’s not what I’m about,” he added. “I’m aggressive and I wish to succeed in issues and staying in the Championship past this season could be an ideal success.
“It’s a hard time with the membership’s switch embargo as neatly so it simply turns out as regardless that it’s a type of eventualities the place the whole thing is in opposition to you and you’ll pop out preventing with not anything to lose.
“It will be tricky however there’s nonetheless hope as a result of you’ll see everybody’s at the back of the supervisor so there’s without a doubt in my thoughts that we’ll get ourselves out of this example. But we’ll must dig deep.”
Henry, who has signed a brief-time period handle Bolton, hit the flooring working after understanding in his storage and coaching with West Brom, which means that he’s raring to move forward of the next day to come’s shuttle to Aston Villa.
He stays bullish although his new group-buddies are accountable for certainly one of the worst runs of leads to Bolton’s historical past and a membership document for the longest function drought which is now method past 10 hours.
“I’ve been in so many relegation battles and you get in situations where you can’t see the wood for the trees and can’t get those results,” Henry stated.
“You can keep on losing but you’ve got to stop that rot somehow. You just need one win to turn things around, inspire a bit of confidence and then off you go.”
Henry will hope for a snappy upturn in fortunes to steer clear of finish-of-season drama.
“At Wolves we escaped relegation on the last day but I wouldn’t say I’ve got fond memories of it because it was like surviving a car crash,” he stated.
“There was once no feeling of adulation, it was once simply reduction. That was once an ideal break out. It was once large, since you’re speaking a couple of membership, a town and it’s extra than simply profitable a recreation of soccer.
“Keeping Bolton up is extra than simply for ourselves and our information and our personal pleasure. Hopefully, we’ll supply a platform for the membership to kick on subsequent season – with me.”