It’s not often the unveiling of two new Norwich City signings, proves to be the sideshow to a main event – but as City fans have long boasted, there really is only one Grant Holt.

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The arrival of Steven Whittaker and Jacob Butterfield shouldn’t be dismissed – manager Chris Hughton has to build a team of his own for the Premier League battle ahead and they will be hugely influential parts of that, just like any other member of his squad.

But Holt has become a Norwich City icon: his goals helped lift the club from the depths of despair to the promised land, his captaincy skills extracted that mystery 10pc more than standard 100 from team-mates and his hustling, bustling, take-no-prisoners style, laced with a magnificent touch and eye for goals, put him in the frame for an international call just three years after he was plying his trade in League Two.

For the supporters, Grant Holt was within touching distance: a former tyre fitter from Cumbria who isn’t afraid to express his love for a beer with his old mates or a night in with the family – and Carlisle United FC.

The bond between fan and man was quickly formed and, until soon after last season ended, showed no signs of weakness.

Then Holt did the unthinkable; he handed in a transfer request.

Unusually for City, and perhaps not at all to their liking, a difference of opinion between Holt and the club was initially played out in public.

What followed – radio silence – was even worse.

No one knew what was happening. Until yesterday, when the club announced that Holt had signed a new three-year deal.

The past few weeks have seen fans divided in their views of Holt, but yesterday’s news will see many return to the fold.

There will be stragglers, people who disliked their club being in the spotlight for the wrong reasons and being the object of derision by fans of certain other clubs – notably West Ham and Aston Villa.

But more goals, more chest beating, more of Grant Holt as we know him – then the dirty washing of the past few weeks will be clean again.

27 comments

  • Welcome back Brewer ! Surely Iwan's article was a load of old Taff rather than a load of old tosh? LOL! Loving the Billy Wagstaff quotations. Are we the only footy messageboard that quotes the Bard. " Holty Hotspur of the north; he that kills me some six or seven dozen Binners at a breakfast, washes his hands, and says to his wife 'Fie upon this quiet life! I want work.' 'O my sweet Holty....."..

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • He's a good strong war horse and better than the donkeys that England fielded. Hope he proves the point next season.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Welcome back Big Man!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Let's move on. The best thing about the past is that it's over. We don't need any more "what was it all about, Grant?" interviews. Next season will be tough and we definitely had at least two wheels in the weeds over the last six weeks but now it looks as if we are back on the road again and CH has a good grip on the wheel, I can't wait to see where he will take us.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • We`ll maybe never know what really occurred, or what the motives were. The instigator has possibly departed. We should just be glad that Hoots the Healer has sorted it. It`d be great if Grant could cement a huge place in Canary history by reaching 100 goals. Apart from being mismanaged by Forest, his goal delivery over his career has been phenomenal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I buried a bottle of beer as a sacrifice too the great gods of sporting achievement and my wishes were Granted. the things you do when you are drunk. Go Grant Go, give those defenders hell.

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    tunsteadtiger

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Did people notice that Mr Holt seems to have put even more weight in the off season?

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    Ghana Dom

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I'm delighted he's staying - and I don't blame him for re-negotiating terms. Anyone who's seen him with his children must see how family orientated he is. To want to get the best deal to enable family security - who wouldn't want that? Happy to see it sorted and have Captain Fantastic staying at Carrow Road :)

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    JillM

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I can see reasons for both parties here... Yes Grant Holt deserves the year and had to think of his families future, and has done more than enough for this football club to be entitled to it. However, I also see why we were hesitant about it, if you think, say if Holt is 34 years old in his last year, I can only imagine he'll be a bit-part player and won't be how he was for us last season. Say if the contact is £20,000 a week, that means it is a big risk that if he struggles in his last season and has no real effect, we're still paying him over 1 million pounds for that year, which is a lot of money for this football club in wages. Your thoughts?

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    Billy

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • A negotiating ploy by Grant Holt which got a bit out of hand but resulted in a satisfactory conclusion. Let's move on!

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    Albert Horton

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • OK Joburg: King McNally: A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse! Lord Hughton: Withdraw, my lord; I'll help you to a horse.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • To be honest, this will probably be a talking point in the media for a while. It will certainly keep coming up throughout the first half of the season. But as Cutty says there is nothing to forgive. It is enough to know that he wanted to finish his career at Carrow Road and that he got the contract he wanted and deserved. Now to the future...

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • A negotiating ploy by Grant Holt which got a bit out of hand but resulted in a satisfactory conclusion. Let's move on!

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    Albert Horton

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Another last minute effort on target by Grant Holt... He got what he wanted, we fans got what we wanted, and in the background, I'm sure that Delia and the boardroom boys are celebrating that it's all been pretty painless and face-saving all round. Now we just need some of those last minute efforts to be on the pitch and to turn into a reasonable goal tally over the next three seasons. OTBGH

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    Robin Hood

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Whatever was going on, I'm certain it wasn't a negotiating ploy. Everything I've ever seen and heard from him has said he's a nice bloke. Delighted that Norwich have seen sense and given him the contract he wanted.

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    Adam Penny

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Just picked up your comments on a previous page Kansas. Welcome aboard the Canary express.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • The horse is back!!! This has been a great week, and it's not over yet!:)

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I think you are right, Adam. It is clear he wanted to finish his main career @ Carra Rud. He`ll only be 34 in 3 years time and he`s never looked fitter (at least pre-Summer break!). Never seems to get injured, covers more ground per match than most, scores goals, inspires the team, winds up the opposition and their fans etc. WFLGH. Hoots the Healer seems to have seen it as a no-brainer. GH wants to stay; CH wants him to stay; Result: he stays. Simples! OTBC. IHTHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Most of us were just praying that he would stay so there's nothing to foregive. He's a great Captain as well as a goal scorer.

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Great to see the Horse is firmly back in the stable. - no need for NCFC to look at the Malmo lad (Zlatan) as a replacement - anyway I would rather have a Horse's tale than a pony tail!

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    malmocanary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I'm with Brew - a plague on agents and on twitter. Lets move on, look forward. Holt loves this club and will be revved up for the start of the season. Remember, he was just a fat tyre fitter would never score goals in the Championship. Then the same comment for the Premiership. Now apparently according to supporters of other clubs (and perhaps Mr Hodgson) he's a one season wonder who'll never do it again! He'll want to prove a point very quickly. So to follow on with the Shakespeare quotes, bring on Fulham so we can unleash the dogs of war!!

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    Johannesburg Chris

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Grant's not done much wrong, really - just had to dig his hells in and negotiate hard, which happens in most businesses. I think the club made a blunder in not offering him another year in the first instance and without a change in manager the situation probably wouldn't have resolved. Something to consider for those still pining after Lambert.

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    troublesome1

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • It's hard not to love Grant Holt.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I`m with cutty and CovCan, there`s nothing to forgive Holty for. A plague on Agents and on Twitter! Mr. Holt, now you`ve proved Iwan`s doom and gloom article of June 14th last to be a load of old tosh, go out and pass his goalscoring record! (97?). Go for 100! (Abstract: "Hand on heart, I think it will be very, very difficult for Grant and the club to come to an agreement"..."It is a lose-lose for everybody"). Enter Hughton the Healer. Take up thy bed and walk on water. BTW, in fairness to Chris Lakey, he did say "forgotten" rather than "forgiven". OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I for one am just so glad this whole episode has been sorted and we can now put it behind us. Holt will only ever give 200% so I don't think we need worry about his commitment. He's raring to go now and that is good for us!! And with the new players that are coming on board we are in for a treat of a season I'm sure. And I honestly believe that we will not suffer from "second season syndrome". With a new manager and new tactics I think we will surprise everyone once again. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Freudian slip, troublesome1, 'hells', like it.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Twitter is a Payne in the backside. Let's hope this works for us. Grant is at his best trying to prove the doubters wrong, so hopefully he will be working hard to keep the supporters onside. I can accept if his form is poor at the start (he traditionally starts a season slowly), but I do want to see the same effort and commitment to the team and, in all fairness, I expect to get it. WFLGH

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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