The good news came in threes for Chris Hughton on Tuesday, after influential Norwich City striker Grant Holt pledged his future to the club – alongside two new faces.

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In a bumper afternoon press conference at Carrow Road originally set to present Saturday’s new arrival Steven Whittaker, the ex-Rangers defender and Hughton were joined by Holt – fresh from agreeing a new deal to keep him at City until 2015.

Holt’s future had been up in the air as far as most City fans were concerned since putting in a transfer request at the end of last season.

And while that would have been more than enough to whet the appetite ahead of pre-season training, which starts next week, Hughton pulled out ace number three – confirming the arrival of England Under-21 international Jacob Butterfield from Barnsley on a four-year contract.

The midfielder turns 23 next Tuesday, while a fee for his switch from Oakwell is likely to decided by a tribunal after the two clubs failed to agree one between themselves for the Tykes youth product.

Any one of the arrivals on their own would have helped lighten the mood after a turbulent start to the close season brought about by Paul Lambert’s departure. But with Hughton now getting his feet under the table, there was no doubt which figure was the day’s big news.

And having secured the extra 12 contracted months he wanted at the club he aimed to stay at, Holt was delighted to look forward.

“It’s been a long time and I think a lot of people would have liked to have got it sorted a lot sooner,” said the City number nine – and scorer of 70 goals in 130 appearances since arriving in 2009. “We got there in the end and I’m happy to do that.

“The intention was never to leave. You don’t put a transfer request in for no reason when you’ve achieved what I’ve achieve here. I felt I was maybe being unrewarded for what I’d done, and I explained I wanted to see my career out here. I’ve had three great years – why would I not want to stay?

“Everyone knows I’ve got three young kids I want structure for and I want them to stay. Everyone knew I was settled and I just wanted to make sure I had that for three years and everything was right.

“There was a lot of speculation and a lot of things said, people’s quotes, rumour mills, and a lot of it was nonsense. When you’re reading it you get annoyed but you don’t want to comment because you don’t want to drag all the club’s stuff through it.

“I’m just delighted to get it to bed. It’s been six weeks where we are supposed to be enjoying ourselves – I’m looking forward to getting back to work now and seeing the lads.”

While Holt’s situation had little to do with City’s managerial switch, the timing did not ease supporters’ fears over their second season in the top flight. But one conversation with Hughton and things could move on for the three-time player of the season.

Holt said: “It’s a good appointment. I spoke to Chris this week and he told me his plans and what he wanted to do, and he told me he wanted me to stay, which was the main thing I wanted to hear. As I said to Chris, you speak to the board and get it sorted this week and I’ll do it.

“My goal has been reached because I got my three years. Obviously there are things I can’t really say too much about. There were things said in the last six weeks that maybe shouldn’t have been, and we’ve resolved them.

“We sat down, spoke about it, dealt with it and we will move on. At the end of the day, we’re all here to keep this club where it is. I have to do that on the pitch and they’ve got to do that with the finances.”

Holt added: “My situation made me a little unsure as it was, and with Paul going it added to it. But you’ve got to get on with it. All I could do was worry about my own stuff and make sure I was ready for the season, wherever that was going to be – and thankfully we got the deal done and it’s here.”

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20 comments

  • the news about holt has made me so cheerful i almost feel like being nice to other people.if CH is in anyway responsible for this his judgement may guide us to our best future yet

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    dick

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • In a way it's a shame we didn't mug West Ham for 6 mil!! On the striker front??? Morrison unloaded to the championship, where he will be more effective.....Rhodes in to make a deadly strike force with Holt!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Steady on Dick, if you are an old git then we have a reputation to maintain

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Re who runs the club, TL, the Board does. Hughton`s job is to manage the football bit. Coming to a mutually acceptable arrangement with a Senior player is part of that process. It doesn`t have to be a combative matter, a locking of antlers. Whatever caused the differences needs to be put firmly in the past. CH gained a reputation as a "healer" while at Newcastle; he put the "united" bit back in place. We have a fine manager there, and I`m so glad GH is to see his career out @ Naaaridge. I agree with your summary CovCanary, but if we get another striker we`ll maybe have to unload one too. Vaughan has hardly had a kick, so he`s almost a new signing in his own right. Chris Martin seems to be well down the pecking order. Midfield-wise, Crofts didn`t feature much in the second half of last season and Lappin was hardly used, partly then as a stand-in left back. Two very good players who may need to move to get games? CH will need a bit of time to make his own assessment, probably. I have a feeling "Cinnamon" Jackson may produce the goods this season........ OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Well I have to say, fair play to CH. I seem to remember commenting on the article that Brewer has mentioned with Roberts and I firmly believed that CH would not have the clout to sort out the GH saga because the problem was at a higher level than him. I'm happy to stand corrected. With PL's departure I believe we need GH captaincy skills until CH starts moulding the team. So, well done Chris Hughton in whatever your involvement was and let's hope for a good start to the season.

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    jharding

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I am with you on Jacko, Brewer. He keeps his own counsel but he is extremely determined. He did not get a lot of play last season but when he was on he gave 100%. At least it looks like CH will get to decide what his back-room looks like and will pick who he is comfortable with. Clearly the former team had the squad very fit and well drilled but we did not always have the answer on the pitch!

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Trevor Linc. Before Hughton Mr Holt had been told no way. After CH arrives he is offered something. It would appear that CH was at least the catayst for, if not the instigateor of, the change in circumstance.. so by dedcution Hughton is running the show. QED (and if nothing else if he has stopped Grant using twitter then everyone gains)

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I seem to have been singled out for serial ethering again. Too tired to keep trying. I`ll log on as an Aston Villa supporter and abuse a few people. That should do it. Ar-chant will miss me when I`m gone. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • IR`s!. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I agree with you Algave, except for you view on Morrison. He started and ended last seaon well and should not be off-loaded yet. Class finish against Arsenal. The jury is still very much out on Vaughn. He's done nothing so far.

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    canarydownunder

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • Yes Swiss, it was indeed a Fwoydian slip. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I am just so glad its all sorted and we can move on from all of this. Its terrific news that Holt is staying and we can look forward to what I hope is a very good second PL season. And with the two new signings so far and I'm sure more to follow we will have a squad more than capable of holding its own; if not even reaching a higher level of achievement than the season just gone. This club will go far!!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Algarve, I agree with you on many things, but beating up on Morison (one r) is counterproductive. He got 9 Prem goals, mostly early in the season. He can`t help having a miserable face! Hello, Canarygirl, have you updated your Shawshank poster? ;-) You`re definitely a Captain Sensible! Irredeemably. Apparently, Hoots is trying to sign Morgan Freeman as the squad`s life-style coach. Factoid! And Tim Robbins as a prolific striker. He`d make his mark!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Flash-back to June 14th:- Headline "Iwan Roberts - no winners in Norwich City in stand off with Holt". Sub-headline "Hand on heart, I think it will be very, very difficult for Grant and the club to come to an agreement". Relevant bit of text "It is a lose-lose for everybody". I think ex-players should be wary of becoming `pundits`. Unless they find ghost-writers possessed of greater sagacity than IW`s. OTBC. Hughton the Healer rules OK.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Presumably IW is IR as pronounced by the England manager :-)

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • We `sort-of` agreed there, Pondy!! ;-). OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Re Grant Holt who runs this club, the manager or the players?

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    Trevor Lincoln

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Local reports in Birmingham have CullyKarsa either completed, or shortly moving to, Villa. I hope not, as it would be great for City if we could keep them, but if they are, then I hope we at least get a large sum of money for them. Be good to get an update from the club on where we are with compo for PL also.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • An experienced defender (and goal scorer, it would seem!), another young midfielder with potential and GH committing himself to a new contract. Good start CH. A couple more defenders and another striker (Rhodes?) and we should be ready to go again! Might need to sell a couple of midfielders tho. We seem to have quite a collection!

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Good start to the CH reign. Get some spirit and solidarity back in time for the new season. Now we need a couple more good signings and hopefully there is a role for Cully & Karsa too.

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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