December 12 2013 Latest news:
by Chris Lakey
Friday, July 27, 2012
Grant Holt helped launch Norwich City’s new black away kit yesterday – and admitted he’d be delighted to add the captain’s armband to the ensemble in the new season.
Holt has been a talismanic skipper of the Canaries for the past three seasons, but he has yet to be told officially that the job is his again for the new campaign.
But as he points out – it hasn’t been taken away from him either.
“If the manager wants to take it off me he can, I will do whatever he says,” said Holt.
“But I don’t need an armband to do what I do anyway.
“He hasn’t asked me, but he hasn’t taken it off me so I am hoping I have still got it.
“As it stands I am still captain.
“He will make the decision, but last year we had people who wore it when I wasn’t playing but it would be a privilege to keep the armband and one I always enjoy. Sometimes it is more hassle than it is worth off the pitch, but it is a great honour.”
Holt was at the club’s Chapelfield store for the kit launch, fresh from a gruelling double training session in the sunshine at Colney.
The good news for City fans is that Holt is in better nick than ever approaching a new season.
“This is probably the first year at Norwich I have actually come back and had a clear pre-season,” he said. “I had the two ankles and then I had a bit of a thigh last year, but it has been good this summer.
“I have come back having worked in the summer and got my weight at a level I want and I came back in probably the best shape I ever have, so it is good for me, it gives me the chance to get down and work at a level that I am more comfortable with. I am enjoying it and I am a lot fitter.”
Game three of the pre-season programme is at Peterborough United tomorrow, with Holt gearing up for a repeat of last year’s Premier League campaign, when City defied the odds to comfortably retain their place among the game’s elite.
Holt bagged 15 goals during the season, and opened his pre-season account with the only goal of the game as the Canaries beat Scottosh champions Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday.
“That’s what I am paid to do,” he said.
“I just want to achieve what I did last year.
“It is never about goals with me – it is all about the team winning and performing. If I am a big part of that then that’s fine.
“It is always tough when you play these games because you are still working hard behind the scenes and I think when you look at results people are working hard in pre-season.
“You go into a game and it is never easy, but as the games progress you have to get that match speed, get that tempo.
“We are working hard on the training ground to try and link a few things in that the manager wants to put across and it is about doing that in the games. We will certainly be going there to win the game, put in a performance, but work hard at the same time.”
FA Youth Cup holders Norwich City produced a devastating late goal burst to sink Preston’s Under-18s 6-1 in Wednesday’s third round tie at Deepdale.