Grant Holt eyes a season of consolidation
PUBLISHED: 11:29 10 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:19 10 September 2010
Grant Holt interrupted City's title celebrations to issue a note of caution to fans still on a high after the Canaries exploits this season. The City skipper may have been sidelined by injury, but he took centre stage as he picked up a trophy double - the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy as Player of the Season award and the League One winner's trophy.
Grant Holt interrupted City's title celebrations to issue a note of caution to fans still on a high after the Canaries exploits this season.
The City skipper may have been sidelined by injury, but he took centre stage as he picked up a trophy double - the Barry Butler Memorial Trophy as Player of the Season award and the League One winner's trophy.
The sight of the ticker tape and champagne shower will live long in the memory, but it won't be long before July 1 rolls around, and then it's back to work for Holt and Co - and the even bigger challenge of conquering the Championship.
Things will change, maybe not by much, but Holt accepts that there's work to be done before he can celebrate again.
"The manager has to do what he needs to do in the transfer window, to bring in the players to help the squad along," he said.
"I'm sure if we play the way we know we can next year we'll be fine.
"Next year is all about consolidating. I don't think people should get too excited about us going to win the league, it's about consolidating, getting this club back in a financial situation where it should be, getting set and ready to push on again."
Holt's pragmatic approach came on a day when not even losing at home to Carlisle under a cold, grey sky could dampen the celebrations after a job well done.
"It's been a great day," concluded Holt.
"We've been waiting a few weeks for it now.
"It's been not an anti-climax, but we've been waiting for it and we just wanted to get our hands on it, get it lifted, get it done, get away and get ready for next year really.
"It's one of those things - we come here to entertain, Carlisle came here and there's nothing to play for and they were busy and lively.
"We've had two weeks now since we won the league and the lads have enjoyed themselves and the fans wanted to enjoy the result today."
Holt's watching brief was caused by surgery to clear up an ankle problem, which forced him out of the final two games of his 30-goal season.
But he's convinced he will be back for the start of pre-season.
His biggest worry?
Making sure he didn't make a gaffe during the trophy presentation ceremony.
"You just think, 'don't drop it'," he said.
"It was a great feeling. As I said before when the manager came in and gave me the honour and I got asked what it's like to captain a football club like Norwich - you look around and you've got the civic reception on Thursday and there will be 35,000 or whatever there and it's a fantastic club and to come here and lift the trophy and do all that and get written into the history books, it's fantastic.
"It's certainly a memory I will always treasure."