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Friday, July 6, 2012
Grant Holt does not fear he will have to repair his relationship with Norwich City fans now that his transfer request saga is over.
More than six weeks elapsed between the day Holt announced he wanted a move from Carrow Road, and the player being granted his wish with a new three-year contract.
But the club’s three-times top scorer and player of the year winner is not expecting any hostility from the home crowd over his close season hokey-cokey.
“I would hope not. As I said, I wanted the three years and I got that – and the only thing I can say about that is the reason was to see my career out here,” said Holt.
“They can look at it whichever way they want to take it. I never really wanted to go, and I’ve signed, which showed I wanted to stay.
“There have been a lot of things documented, and it could quite easily have gone the other way and I left – which wouldn’t have helped anyone to be honest.”
Holt’s 70 goals in 130 first team games were a major factor in City’s rise from the lower reaches of League One to mid-table in the Premier League under former boss Paul Lambert.
“I hope I’ll get the reception I deserve,” said Holt. “There will always be one or two who will try to see it as a negative, that I wanted to go – but I think if you ask the majority, they will hopefully be happy to have me here and signed and hopefully go for that fourth Barry Butler (player of the season award).”
The 31-year-old is not greatly concerned, either, about the fact he will be less of an unknown quantity for Premier League opponents after his 15 goals in the top flight last season.
“I’m sure last year they thought I was a big lump anyway, so they won’t get anything different this year,” said Holt.
“I’m not bothered. They said in League One I wouldn’t score many goals. In the Championship they said I wouldn’t score many goals. In the Premier League they said it.
“So I want everyone to keep saying that because if they keep saying I’m going to score goals I might struggle.
“I’ll just do what I do. It was documented last year I had lost a bit of weight and got a bit sharper.
“I’ve worked hard over the summer to get in the best shape I can and I’ve got six or seven weeks now with a new regime to get sorted.”