TAKE IT FOR GRANTED – HOLT WAS STAY­ING PUT

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By MIKE MCGRATH

GRANT HOLT would never have left Nor­wich on trans­fer dead­line day, ac­cord­ing to his teammates.

Scot­tish cham­pi­ons Rangers put in a cheeky bid for the striker but the Ca­naries im­me­di­ately re­jected it.

And de­fender Rus­sell Martin said: “There was no un­cer­tainty in our group that any­one would go at any point.

“When they put in a bid for Holty it was quite late on. It would take a LOT of money to let him go from this club.

“When the man­ager came out and said that no-one was go­ing, we knew as play­ers that no-one would go.

“We’re lucky the club has stayed strong, the man­ager has stayed strong and we’ve shown our am­bi­tion.

Whopping

“It might have been easy to say, ‘Yes, we’ll take some money for one of our play­ers’, but there was none of that.

“Grant has been mas­sive for us. He’s our cap­tain, he’s a big char­ac­ter on and off the pitch and it was a bonus to keep him.

“I’m sure there are a few clubs look­ing at a few of our play­ers be­cause of how well ev­ery­one’s done. That’s the way foot­ball is.

“There will al­ways be spec­u­la­tion, but we’ve kept our group and it’s a strong group and we’ve added two more who will def­i­nitely ben­e­fit us.”

Holt’s goals have given Nor­wich a real chance of sur­vival – and An­thony Pilk­ing­ton in­sists that’s still the main aim.

“We had a plan at the start of the sea­son to sur­vive and we’re not look­ing away from that,” said the striker.

“We know what a dif­fi­cult league this is and any­thing can hap­pen.”

GO­ING NOWHERE: Holt

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