Holt full value for new deal, says Norwich City boss
Norwich City talisman Grant Holt has insisted he will not rest until he has led the Canaries back to the Premier League after signing a new three year deal.
City's prolific striker is the latest member of Paul Lambert's squad to pledge his future to the Carrow Road cause after agreeing a fresh contract until 2014.
Holt's goals helped fire Norwich back into the Championship last season and the 29-year-old's hat-trick in the weekend's 6-0 league romp against Scunthorpe took his tally to 21 for the latest campaign.
The City skipper now aims to finish a stellar week on a high when the second-placed Canaries head to promotion rivals Swansea on Saturday.
'Everyone knows how much I enjoy being here and in this city and at this football club so it really has been a fantastic week and I'm just pleased to get it done and sorted for the summer,' he said. 'It's come at a great time and I'm here to score goals and get this club back where it should be and we're on the brink of that now if we can keep doing what we have been doing in the last couple of games.
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'We've got seven games and they are all big. We know Swansea are near us and we can put some breathing space between us but we'll just go with the same positive attitude we always have and if we play anywhere near how we did last week then we won't be far off.'
City boss Lambert believes Holt is full value for a new longer term deal after plundering 51 goals in 85 appearances since his move from Shrewsbury in 2009.
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'Grant deserves this new contract for the way he has played for us since he came here,' he said. 'We made him captain for the benefit of the team but also to spur him on and he has responded. His performance levels have been really high and his goalscoring record speaks for itself.
'He's been great for us and made a huge contribution to what we are trying to do. He has built a good relationship with the fans here and now he's got the security of knowing he's here for another three years to hopefully keep on doing it for them.'
Holt cemented his place in the hearts of Norwich supporters earlier this season when he become the first City player to score a derby hat-trick since 1968 in the 4-1 league win over Ipswich.
'I'll always work hard and scrap and fight for things even if we're not playing well and I think the supporters can see that,' he told the club's official site. 'I've had some great times at other clubs but this ranks up there. We know what a fantastic club it is and you only have to see the amount of season tickets sold for next year. It's a great place to live. The family are here and settled. We're expecting another in the summer and it's great that we have the contract and we are settled now. They love it here which makes me happy.
'We're under no illusions how far the club has come in those two years. When I first joined it was a on a bit of a downer and between the lads and the management and the backroom staff we've managed to get it back to where it should be. We'll keep going and we are aiming to get promotion this year. If it doesn't happen, we'll keep pushing.
'If the next three years are anywhere near as good as the last two have been, I'll be absolutely delighted. My aim is to get this club back into the Premier League and I've got three years to do that now.'
• Portsmouth supporters are inviting City fans to share in their fans' day before the two sides meet in the Championship.
With City's final regular away fixture of the season scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday, May 2 – and an evening kick-off at 7.45pm – supporters groups at Pompey are getting together with the approval of the club to organise the event at Fratton Park.
City's own fans groups are being invited to join in the afternoon's entertainment, which will include stalls, penalty shoot-outs, face painting and a raffle, with food and drink also on sale. There are also plans to organise a Pompey v Norwich children's football match at a nearby sports hall.