Norwich City captain Grant Holt looking forward to seeing his Cumbrian mate in the Premier League

Grant Holt enjoys his final flurry on the Premier League season at Manchester City. Picture by Paul

Grant Holt enjoys his final flurry on the Premier League season at Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Grant Holt is looking forward to having a fellow Cumbrian striker join him in the Premier League – and can fully appreciate the journey he has made to get there.

Like Holt, the career path of Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray has taken in Barrow and Rochdale on his way to making a late arrival in the Premier League, thanks to the Eagles' play-off victory last month.

In fact, the 29-year-old has one over his Norwich mate having turned out for Holt's boyhood and home town club Carlisle United.

Murray has much more work ahead of him over the coming months than his Palace team-mates, after a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in the Championship play-off semi-finals ruled him out until December.

But Holt has no doubt his Cumbrian mate will get back to his best in order to take on the best.

'I'm sure Glenn is absolutely delighted and hopefully he'll get back from his recovery quickly and I'll see him on the pitch,' said Holt.

'I know where I've come from but to look at Glenn, who's five months away from playing in the best league in the world, I'm excited for him and in my opinion he'll do very well when he's in it.

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'I'm lucky enough to know it is hard to do this progression when you're that little bit older. And when you do that, you do the work and then get that reward when you go to places like Old Trafford, all those lads will love it.'

As for his own future, Holt admitted staying in Norfolk or moving closer to his old are options over the coming years.

'I've always said I wanted to do it (play for Carlisle) but I've always been dictated to by my career,' added Holt, talking on BBC Cumbria. 'I've got two years left at Norwich and what I've also said is that I never wanted to go there (Carlisle) and not be able to give it my all. So I think that will be a big part of how or where I finish.'

Asked about a future coaching role at the Canaries, Holt added: 'If I fall into it I'll do it, but I probably won't push to do it. There are a lot of old Norwich lads who do coaching at Norwich City at the minute, and you never know what comes along in football.'