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Quite enjoyed this piece re Grand Holt.......

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Seems an honest sort of chap, realistic more than anything. 

Stephen thinks Grant’s deal is just fan-tastic

Last updated 11:28, Tuesday, 28 July 2009


Holt has revealed becoming Norwich City’s prize £500,000 summer signing

has made at least one Canaries fan happy – his brother Stephen.

New Canary: Norwich City striker Grant Holt in action against a Manchester Utd XI at Carrow Road on Saturday


Carlisle-born targetman signed a three-year deal with a one-year option

with Norwich on Friday, after a proposed move to Colchester United fell


Holt – top scorer in League Two last season after

hitting 20 goals in 43 league starts with Shrewsbury Town – now has his

sights set on helping Norwich make an immediate return to the


And the 28-year-old, from Harraby, knows that will go down well with one family member.


said: “My brother has been a big follower of Norwich City for a long

time so he’s quite happy about it. He’s always been a fan, always

watched them and when I told them they were interested, I think he was

going to ring the chairman himself to try and push the deal through.


he’s very happy, he’s down for the week and I’ll be looking forward to

seeing him again tomorrow. It’s a long way for him from Carlisle, to

come every weekend, so I’m trying to sort a deal out now to see if the

club will give him free flights, but I can’t see that happening!


soon as I heard they were interested – Norwich City, big club – it’s

what dreams are made of really. You want to move, advance yourself and

play at the highest level you can, and to come here and try and get

this club back where it belongs is a great opportunity.

“I want to try and play at the highest level I can and coming to Norwich gives me the chance to do that.

“I’ve had a great year at Shrewsbury and now I’ve got a fresh challenge so I move on and look forward to getting going.”


who began his career at non-league Workington Reds while working as a

tyre fitter after his dream of playing for Carlisle United ended when

he was released from their school of excellence when he was 15.

He will face his home-town club at Brunton Park on October 10 and then at Carrow Road on the last day of the season on May 8.


he is determined to score the goals to carry his new club to promotion

after their shock relegation to League One last season.

His goals

took Shrewsbury to the brink of promotion last season when they lost to

Gillingham in the League Two play-off final at Wembley.

But it

failed to dent an outstanding season for Holt, who swept the board at

the club’s end-of-season awards’ night, returning to his Carlisle home

with every piece of silverware from player of the year to top scorer

tucked under his arm.

And the big, powerful forward, who has

recovered from ankle surgery in the summer, has spelled out to Norwich

fans precisely what to expect from him next season.

Holt said: “A bit of a nuisance, works hard, scores goals, just a bit of everything really.


not going to burn people with my electric pace, but I’ll torture people

to death and work them hard, and certainly give everything I’ve got to

make this club successful.

“It’s not on me as a person. It’s

about the football club and I’ll be happy as anyone if I get five

goals, I play well and the team gets promoted.

“My job is to make

this squad better. Obviously, I want to score 20, 30 goals, that would

be fantastic and I think I’ve got that in my locker but helping the

team get promoted, that’s my job.”

Norwich boss Bryan Gunn hopes

Holt can be the weapon he is looking for to launch a successful

promotion push – and add some much needed power to the Canaries front


Gunn said: “We look forward to getting him in the number

nine jersey and he offers us something that we haven’t got much of in

the squad at the moment in the striker’s position - goals and power.


hope that he can give us that in abundance. And all through our

discussions with him he’s keen to get the ball rolling quickly, as much

as he’s been with us a couple of days.

“The fans want to see a

goalscoring hero and hopefully we’ve delivered him. He gives us the

best chance possible now to go into the season with threat.


have been saying ‘we need a striker, we need a striker’ and we knew we

needed a striker. These types of players do take longer to get

commitment from both the club and the player and I’m glad that patience

has paid off.”

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