Grant Holt not planning to leave Norwich City any time soon
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Norwich City captain Grant Holt does not expect his future to be a hot topic for a second consecutive summer.
Holt’s contract impasse was one of the main themes of the previous close season before City’s Hall of Famer extended his Carrow Road deal until 2015.
The 31-year-old reiterated his commitment to the club again yesterday after the recent decision to re-locate his young family back to Cumbria following fevered January transfer window speculation which centred on a potential Celtic switch.
“I wanted to sign my deal last summer to let me know where I am,” said Holt. “There’s been a lot of talk I’ve got this move lined up to Celtic or I’m going here or I’ve got this. If I have, no one’s told me. It doesn’t matter where the family are, whether they’re here or there, it’s still for football reasons and that’s why I wanted three years. I signed it and as long as the manager wants me here and the club want me, I’ll stay.
“The only reason they moved up there was for schools. There’s a school that came up where I can probably hit the school with a stone from my house. It’s fine. I did it in League One, the family were up there for a year and I didn’t hear anyone moaning then when I scored 30 goals and we got promoted to the Championship, so I did it then. I probably did more driving then than I’ve ever done. You know what to do, you manage it and there are a lot of people worse off.”
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Holt has been re-deployed in a lone front-running role for the majority of the season, but his first goal since December secured a priceless Premier League win over Everton last time out.
“That’s the way it’s gone lately. I thought 30 seconds earlier my chance had gone with (Sylvain) Distin, but thankfully it fell to me and it was nice to get the goal and get a bit of recognition for once,” he said. “I think everyone’s aware that we needed it. We’ve been unlucky in the last few weeks with draws that we thought we should have got more out of and didn’t. But to get three points and get that eight-point cushion gives us a massive boost with 11 games to go. I always want to score goals and if anyone tells you otherwise they’re an absolute liar. You always want to score goals. But you can look at any interview I’ve done, as long as the team win and we stay up or get promoted, I was never bothered.”
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“It doesn’t matter if I put one in from 25 yards or it’s a tap-in. I’ll take any single goal, if it hits me on the backside and goes in, I’ll take it, I’m not bothered.”