Grant Holt completes Norwich City u-turn
GRANT Holt has completed an incredible u-turn by agreeing a new three-year deal to stay at Norwich City.
The 31-year-old striker, who scored 15 goals to help keep the Canaries in the Premier League, handed in a transfer request at the end of last season that was rejected by the club.
The Canaries are reported to have knocked back several bids from newly-promoted West Ham.
And following talks with new Norwich manager Chris Hughton, who took charge after Paul Lambert left for Aston Villa, it was today confirmed club captain Holt would remain in Norfolk.
At a press conference held to unveil new signing Steven Whittaker from Rangers, the club also confirmed the signing of midfielder Jacob Butterfield from Barnsley.
Holt was instrumental in helping the Canaries climb back up from League One with successive promotions under Lambert.
The former Shrewsbury frontman said: “I’m really pleased we’ve agreed things and that I’ve got a three-year deal which gives me and my family a bit of security.
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“I do appreciate where the club was coming from in terms of the process we’ve gone through to get to this point.
“Now I’m just really keen to concentrate on getting back to work with the rest of the lads and concentrating on having a good pre-season and getting ready for the start of another season in the Premier League.”
Norwich have been quick to tie up key men on new deals, with goalkeeper John Ruddy joining versatile Scotland defender Russell Martin and midfielder Andrew Surman in penning fresh terms.
Hughton added: “I said when I first arrived that talking to Grant was a priority after what he has achieved for Norwich. What he brings to the squad is there for all to see.
“It’s great news that he has signed a new contract and I’m really looking forward to getting down to work with Grant and the rest of the players when we return to training next week.”