Norwich City legend Grant Holt aims to make up for lost time at Wolves
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Norwich City's former cult hero Grant Holt aims to make the most of another shot in the Championship with Wolves after battling back from a hellish knee injury.
Holt completed a surprise short-term loan move to the promotion hopefuls last week after Wigan made it clear he was not part of their plans in League One.
Wolves is the 11th stop on a professional career which peaked at Norwich during a prolific spell that saw Holt lead the Canaries to a double promotion and survival in the Premier League before moving onto Wigan in July 2013. Holt made an emotional return to Carrow Road last season but was then ruled out of the game for 10 months with a serious knee ligament injury, and the 34-year-old admits that lay-off has given him a new perspective on his profession.
'I've just tried to see it as 10 months off, give the body a rest and now hopefully I can carry on where I left off,' he said. 'You are soon forgotten about when you don't play this game. I don't feel I have anything to prove. I just want to play football. When you are in it and playing every week you forget how good it is.
'Being out for 10 months and watching the lads in games all the time makes you appreciate how lucky you are to be on the pitch or training day in, day out.
'I think anyone who knows me in my career will know I won't moan as much now about training. There is no doubt my knee is great so the aim is to get the form back as well.'
Holt made his Wolves' debut in a 2-0 Championship win at Birmingham but was on the losing side in midweek at Bristol City.
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'Basically I got pulled into the office last Friday morning and told Wolves were an option. Wigan gave me the green light, which as a player kind of signalled their intention, so I was looking to get it sorted,' he said. 'When you have a chance to get back to the Championship and play at a higher level you have to take it. With Wigan saying I could go it gave me an indication I wasn't going to play much there. I knew the manager here for a while. He has been around the leagues and so have I. I was at Shrewsbury earlier in my career so I know there is a bit of a rivalry there as well between the clubs. It was never in doubt once I had the decision to make.'
Holt, speaking to Wolves' official site, knows his experience can also be vital to help Kenny Jackett's young squad after agreeing a move until January 2.
'First and foremost I want to perform to my level and anything else is a bonus, but when you have seen it and done it I think you should pass that on,' he said. 'I was fortunate myself when I was a young player coming through at Sheffield Wednesday we had people like Mark Robins and good, old experienced pros who would tell you if you weren't doing it right or they weren't happy with you. I have always tried to keep that mentality myself. If I can give a helping hand and they go on to bigger and better things that is fine by me. The main aim for is getting minutes on the pitch and getting in the starting XI.'