Barrow confirm signing of Canaries legend Grant Holt from King’s Lynn

Grant Holt has joined Barrow. Picture: Ian Burt

Grant Holt has joined Barrow. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Barrow have confirmed the signing of Grant Holt following the completion of the Norwich City legend’s notice period as a King’s Lynn Town player.

The 36-year-old striker joined Lynn at the beginning of October alongside former Norwich team-mate Simon Lappin but after just three appearances and one goal has headed home to Cumbria.

Holt is originally from Carlisle so has taken the chance to rejoin Barrow, one of the non-league clubs he played for during the early stages of his career, before going on to make it at the top level.

The Bluebirds play in the National League, which is two steps higher in the pyramid than the Southern Premier Division, which the Linnets are currently top of.

The man who captained Norwich from League One to the Premier League now joins them as a player-coach, as new manager Ady Pennock looks to pull his side up the league, having won just three of their 19 games so far to sit fourth from bottom.

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A statement released by Barrow says: “We are delighted to confirm that Grant Holt has returned to Barrow in a player/coach role.

“Having started the season with King’s Lynn Town, we approached them regarding his availability and were informed that he had a seven-day notice period. Having waited several days, King’s Lynn waived that notice and Grant trained with the squad today and will do so again tomorrow.

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“Cumbria born and bred, Grant started his footballing career up the coast at Workington before making the switch to Halifax Town in Division Three.

“After a loan spell at Holker Street, Grant made the move permanent later in 2001 and enjoyed a successful two-year spell with us, earning him a move to Sheffield Wednesday and then Rochdale.

“He made his breakthrough at the Dale and went on to make a name for himself in the Football League and ultimately the Premier League with the likes of Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic and most notably Norwich City where he remains a firm fans favourite.

“His success also extended over the Scottish border in 2016 when he played an instrumental part in Hibernian’s league success as they won promotion from the Scottish Championship to the Scottish Premier League.”