Defender Russell Martin has welcomed skipper Grant Holt’s new contract as a major boost for Norwich City.

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Top scorer for the past three seasons, Holt clinched a three-year deal with the Canaries last week, taking him to 2015.

The 31-year-old had asked for a transfer, sparking more than six weeks of uncertainty over his future.

“It was a good boost for the club just before pre-season started. The big man’s staying, so it’s really good news,” said Martin.

“He had a lot of suitors because of the season he had, well, the last three years he’s had, and he’s a big character in and around the dressing room as well. It was important for us to keep him and thankfully the management and the board have managed to do that.”

Martin, speaking to Talksport on the third day back in training under new manager Chris Hughton, also welcomed the arrival of defender Steve Whittaker and midfielder Jacob Butterfield.

“We’ve made a few good additions already and I’m sure the manager’s got his sights on other players,” said Martin. “It always picks up the squad, keeps people on their toes. Competition is really healthy.

“As footballers, you have to embrace competition and use it to improve yourself.”

27 comments

  • Now now, let us all behave...

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Can we not have some decent news please, im sick of all this 'what other players think' nonsense

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    Speedy

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • I'd rather have rehashes of radio stuff than some stupid sub-editor headlining PL as wishing to "manage in Germany". Funny how his exclusive column went AWOL immediately after that incident isn't it Archant? If you manage to similarly alienate a personable and decent guy like CH (I met him briefly 25-odd years ago) you've really surpassed yourselves. NUJ ticket for 30 years before retirement so I feel I can comment in this manner. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Speedy

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • hey CovCanary Why would we want or need a New Sponsor ??? We have One of the Best Worldwide Known Insurance Companies as our Sponsor....I am sure CH will be bringing in a few New Faces. El Dingo i Agree hopefully the EEN & EDP won't Aggravate CH like they did PL.

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    CanarySid

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Just another report from the radio! How about some good old fashioned journo 'doorstepping' instead of all this desk research!

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    Russianality

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • I got in very late, looked at the headline and read it as "Russell Grant's new contract a boost for Norwich City". I had to go and get a drink.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Why does a query about the health of a certian full back, a Spanish defender and a forward who did not play too much get blocked? Can we expect a scoop from the EDP about their well-being? Is there a super injunction on naming them? Have they been transferred?

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Pondy, I sent two postings on the very same subject, differently worded, ie NOT "Duplicate". Both blocked.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Mm...yes...we are all glad he has signed a new contract but is there any other news? New player? New sponsor? Just wondering if there is anything interesting out there to let us know about.

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • And another with content blocked again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • I would like to know the latest on Mark Tierney - VERY important to the team - anyone any info??

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    Geffy1

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Canarysid, it was just an example. My point was it would be good to hear something worthwhile. What I wrote was not a slur on Aviva or any other sponsor.

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • With reference to the well being of players, I wonder how Ayala, Vaughan and Tierney are progressing with their respective injury problems? Anybody heard anything?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Thanks for the compliment, ha ha! I don't think my shorthand ever reached 54wpm, let alone the typing. Btw I worked for a mega multinational and they retired ME. Sob. Believe me I exist on around the same wonga as a first year Academy trainee! OTBC

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    el dingo

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • And yet again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Okay then, ether me!. Shorter version: CH is a nice guy, I met him briefly years ago when he played for Spurs and the Republic. Please don't aggravate him the way you did Lambert with stupid headlines. Thanks, a proper journalist (retired @ 54). OTBC

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • MB - what el dingo meant was he retired when his typing speed dropped to only 54 wpm

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    Pondlife

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Perhaps you should not have retired, el dingo. Journalism in these parts is in a parlous state. Wish I could`ve retired @ 54! Word mangling obviously more remunerative than proper work. Lambert was easily "aggravated" ie "riled". Hughton seems to be a more serene type. With a bit of human warmth, too. Aviva is a palindrome which could mean "Lifeless" whichever way you look at it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • No news is no news.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Another bit of non-news, courtesy of Talksport.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Speedy

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • And again.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • But one with zero content gets through OK.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

  • Thanks CanarySid - I guess people quite rightly expect more than they get from Archant, who at this juncture appear clueless. In Chris Goreham I trust! OTBC

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

  • Interesting to see that a lot of ex-Norwich players have been on the move. Noticed that Jon Otsemobor has moved to MK Dons... I remember the big hoo-hah when he left us!

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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