Grant Holt

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Grant Holt played for a number of non-league and professional clubs, notably making nearly 100 league appearances for Nottingham Forest before signing for Shrewsbury Town in 2008 where he became top goalscorer. In the summer of 2009 he signed for then League One club Norwich City.

Grant made his debut in the heavy 7–1 opening day defeat to Colchester United at Carrow Road and scored his first Norwich goals with a hat-trick against Yeovil Town in a first round League Cup tie on 11 August 2009. His first league goals came with a brace against Wycombe Wanderers on 22 August 2009. Starting with that game, new manager Paul Lambert made Holt team captain. He won the League One Player of the Month award for October 2009, a month in which he scored an impressive five goals in as many league fixtures. He reached the landmark of 20 goals for the season in the home game against Millwall on 26 December 2009. He finished the season winning the Norwich City Player of the Year award, having scored 30 goals in 44 appearances in total, as the club finished as champions of League One and earned promotion to the Championship.

Grant scored his first goals of the 2010–11 season in the League Cup first round against Gillingham, netting a brace. His first league goal of the season came during stoppage time in a 1–0 away win over Scunthorpe United on 14 August 2010. He scored his first league hat-trick against local rivals Ipswich Town on 28 November 2010.

During his time at Norwich he passed the landmark of 150 career goals with a penalty in the first minute in the 3–1 win over Bristol City. He reached the landmark of 50 goals for Norwich City on 2 April 2011 when he scored a hat trick in a 6–0 win against Scunthorpe United at Carrow Road. He was then nominated for the Championship Player of the Year in 2011, but was beaten by Adel Taarabt. He was the winner of Norwich's player of the season for a second consecutive year as the club were automatically promoted to the Premier League.

Grant started the first game of the 2011–12 Premier League season in Norwich's 1–1 draw at Wigan Athletic, partnering Steve Morison in attack, meaning he had now played in all four English divisions. He scored his first Premier League goal in the third game of the season, scoring against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He would go on to score 15 league goals and was voted the player of the year for the third season in succession. He was inducted into the Norwich City Hall of Fame on 20 March 2012. Holt's impressive opening season in the Premiership earned him much acclaim by pundits and managers alike and even conjured talk of a possible place in Roy Hodgson's first England squad for the 2012 European Championship.

Grant played in 34 league games during the 2012–13 season under the new Norwich City manager Chris Hughton, scoring eight goals for the club as they again retained their place in the Premier League, including a goal in his final game for the club; a 3–2 victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Grant joined Wigan Athletic on three-year deal, on 8 July 2013. On his debut, on 3 August 2013, he scored against Barnsley in a 4–0 away win. The 2013/14 season would perhaps take an unexpected turn as Grant would again return to the Premier League, under former Norwich City manager Paul Lambert - on loan to Aston Villa.

On 27th September 2014 Grant joined Championship club Huddersfield on loan, making his debut later that day as a substitute. On the 18th October, Grant scored his first goal for his new club, notching in a 4-2 home win against Blackpool. Huddersfield would be unbeaten in Grant's first seven appearances for them, as his arrival helped turn around the form of Chris Powell's side. Grant made 15 Championship appearances in all for Huddersfield during this loan spell.

Whilst Grant was out of favour at Wigan under the management of Uwe Rosler, the appointment of Malky MacKay prompted an immediate declaration from the new manager that he would be re-called. Sadly, afer that re-call was enforced, Grant sustained a serious knee injury that will see him out of the game for a long period. After a short loan at Wolverhampton, Grant signed for former club Rochdale in February 2016 and then in the summer of 2016 moved north of the border to sign for Neil Lennon's Hibernian.

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