Holt urged to maintain his hunger

Paul Lambert is challenging Grant Holt to write a new chapter in his Norwich story.

The 29-year-old signed a fresh three-year deal during the week after becoming the first City striker since Iwan Roberts to reach the half-century mark with a second hat-trick of the season in the 6-0 demolition of Scunthorpe.

Holt will lead the line at the Liberty Stadium today in his best goalscoring form of the season after taking his personal tally to nine in the last ten games against the struggling Iron.

'He has been a major plus and his goalscoring ratio has been extremely high but he has to keep it going,' warned Lambert. 'There is no point thinking he has arrived, which I am pretty sure he won't, because he is not that type of lad. The pleasing thing and I said it the other day is that he has probably proved a lot of people wrong.

'I'm sure the new contract has given him a boost because he knows he is going to be settled here so as long as he keeps that hunger and desire he'll be fine. I think for those sort of players it's not really about what type of contract they have.

'He is a typical old-fashioned number nine which is quite rare these days but he has been brilliant for me. I tried to get him to Colchester as everybody knows but we just couldn't afford anything like that.

'I saw him play at Nottingham Forest, way back, when he was a jinky left-winger believe it or not.'

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Holt's signature is the latest plank in Lambert's building phase following new deals for the likes of Wes Hoolahan, Russell Martin and Simon Lappin earlier this season.

'The beauty of it now is those lads know where they are going to be for the next few years,' he said. 'They have a stability in their game and in their life.'

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