Holt signs new Canaries contract
Striker delight at new Canaries deal
Last Updated: July 3, 2012 9:58pm
Grant Holt: Has now signed the three-year contract he desired after earlier handing in a transfer request
Norwich have confirmed striker Grant Holt has signed a new three-year deal with the club.
Holt was the Canaries' top scorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions but stunned the club when he handed in a transfer request in May.
The former Shrewsbury striker, who has won Norwich's Player of the Year award three years running, was believed be after a three-year contract, with City only prepared to offer a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old was also concerned about speculation regarding the future of manager Paul Lambert, who eventually quit Carrow Road for Aston Villa.
Lambert's new club Villa, as well as newly promoted West Ham, were linked with a swoop for Holt, who was even tipped for an England call-up at the tail-end of last season.
However, talks with new Norwich boss Chris Hughton appear to have done enough to convince the striker to stay.
"I'm really pleased we've agreed things and that I've got a three-year deal which gives me and my family a bit of security," Holt told the club's official website.
"I do appreciate where the club was coming from in terms of the process we've gone through to get to this point.
"Now I'm just really keen to concentrate on getting back to work with the rest of the lads and concentrating on having a good pre-season and getting ready for the start of another season in the Premier League."
Boss Hughton, who moved from Birmingham last month, is delighted his talismanic striker has decided to stay.
"I said when I first arrived that talking to Grant was a priority as what he has achieved for Norwich and what he brings to the squad is there for all to see," Hughton told the club's official website.
"It's great news that he has signed a new contract and I'm really looking forward to getting down to work with Grant and the rest of the players when we return to training next week."