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Keith Curle plays down talk of Norwich City legend Grant Holt joining Carlisle United

06:30 11 February 2016

Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt has been linked with a move to League Two side Carlisle United, in his home county of Cumbria. Picture: Paul Chesterton

Former Norwich City striker Grant Holt has been linked with a move to League Two side Carlisle United, in his home county of Cumbria. Picture: Paul Chesterton

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Carlisle manager Keith Curle has calmed talk about Norwich City legend Grant Holt signing for his hometown club.

The Canaries legend is without a club after coming to a mutual agreement with Wigan Athletic to end his contract six months early at the end of January.

Rumours of the 34-year-old signing for the League Two club had spread among supporters but Curle admits a deal is unlikely.

“I only just found out he has moved back to Norwich. It’s a long way from Carlisle,” Curle told Cumbrian newspaper News & Star.

“I think he’s shown his intentions by moving there with his family. (But) you never say never.”

The centre-forward scored 78 goals across four seasons to propel City to the Premier League but was unable to reproduce that magic with Wigan, making five appearances this season without scoring a goal.

Holt joined Wigan from Norwich in a deal worth around £2miliion in the summer of 2013 but spent time out on loan with Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town – where he suffered a serious knee injury midway through last season – and Wolves.

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12 comments

  • In a slurred voice....The big question is, is there another Grant Holt out there in the lower leagues who can take us out of the mess we are in? A message to the greatest owners in the world...Where are you? Let's being having you!!

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    Imperial Echoes

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Can he play in defence. Isn't that what old centre forwards used to do decades ago. He can't be worse than...

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    Imperial Echoes

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Can we get him back on emergency loan? No t~rd unstoned!?

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    whereareyou

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Well, it's a fair old ride from Caldbeck to Carlisle, ye ken? It was a pity to see the decline of Holty, but nobody can go on forever. He struggled under the triple yoke of Hughtrollderwood but still managed 8 Premier goals (top scorer 4th season in a row) and was instrumental in keeping a flawed club in the top tier. So he's back here in the Far East. Would be a waste not to find a role at Carra for him. Hyacinth "you're so old" Bowkett has gone, as has the Country Vicar's crew.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • This makes me crave a 'Grant Holt' burger from Gonzos tea room... Let's sign him, yaaaaaaaay!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Who cares what he didn't do for Wigan - we all know what he did for us. WFLGH. iMac - I think he just believes this is the best place for his family - and who can blame him?:-) Mornin' Tommy.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Grant was never that fit was he? Old skool k.n.o.b. gag is back. Hoorah ! Morning dingo ;-)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Is that Wigan slipped down the leagues without a sugar daddy athletic

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I am aware of it. I know my history.

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    Ken John Peel

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Why has he moved back to Norwich , when he moved up there when he was playing for us ??? The mind boggles ?

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    iMac

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Well he's a hero here so k.n.o.b right off.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • The bloke's full name is Grant No-Goals-For-Wigan-Since-August-2013 Holt.

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    Ken John Peel

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

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