Holt signs to get back on the pitch

PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 October 2009 | UPDATED: 16:35 10 September 2010

New Lowestoft signing Gary Holt makes his Crown Meadow debut as a 61st minute substitute in the FA Cup qualifying round tie with Sutton Coldfield on Saturday. Picture: Andy Darnell

New Lowestoft signing Gary Holt makes his Crown Meadow debut as a 61st minute substitute in the FA Cup qualifying round tie with Sutton Coldfield on Saturday. Picture: Andy Darnell

Gary Holt says he made his surprise move to Lowestoft Town because he wanted to get back playing football again. The 36-year-old played his first game since the beginning of May when he made his debut as a 61st minute substitute in the Blues' FA Cup tie against Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

Gary Holt says he made his surprise move to Lowestoft Town because he wanted to get back playing football again.

The 36-year-old played his first game since the beginning of May when he made his debut as a 61st minute substitute in the Blues' FA Cup tie against Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

And the former Scotland and Norwich City star, who left Colchester United earlier this season, insists he will bide his time to force his way into the starting eleven.

"I just want to play football, as simple as that," Holt said. "The circumstances of my release from Colchester means I can't sign for anyone of league standard or conference until January.

"I wanted to get back playing. I got the invite from Flem (Town coach Craig Fleming) to come here as well as a few other clubs, but I know Flem, I got the invite to come training and the management wanted to sign me, so I said 'yeah, fair enough'.

"I've got no airs and graces, I don't expect to come and play every game.

"The boys have done without me and I'll bide my time and that's it. I'm not going to come down and say 'I'm Gary Holt, I want to play every game'.

"These boys are flying high at the top of the table and in the FA Cup, and rightly so if you look at the quality. You see crowds here every week and can only take your hat off to the people of Lowestoft; they come out every week and support their team."

Holt admitted he had found his debut hard work and received a less than friendly welcome within seconds of his arrival in a 50-50 challenge with Greg Owen.

"I think it was more 80-20 in his favour and I've got the scars to prove it," said Holt.

"It's my first game since the first week in May, so I'm a bit heavy in the lungs but it'll come back. I've been training every day and Paul (Lambert) at Norwich has been good enough to let me train to get my fitness up."

He added: "I think on chances we were the better side. On another day we could've had two or three. I don't think they troubled our keeper too much."

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