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Tuesday 03 July 2012

Holt pens new Norwich contract

Striker signs on until 2015 as Butterfield and Whittaker join the Canaries

Norwich City striker Grant Holt has scored 70 goals in three seasons with the Canaries

Norwich City skipper Grant Holt has signed a new three-year deal with the Canaries.

The 31-year-old striker, whose new deal takes him through to 2015, has been a pivotal part of the Norwich side since joining the club from Shrewsbury in 2009, scoring 70 goals in 130 matches.

Last season he scored 15 Barclays Premier League goals to help Norwich claim a 12th-place finish on their return to the top flight.

"Now I'm just really keen to concentrate on getting back to work with the rest of the lads"
- Grant Holt

And Holt said he was delighted to sign a new deal which comes after a summer of speculation surrounding his future.

"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," he 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."

New Canaries boss Chris Hughton said it was important to have sorted out Holt's future.

"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," he said.

"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."

Great form

Norwich City have also confirmed the signing of former Barnsley captain Jacob Butterfield.

The 22-year-old, who has recovered from the knee injury which truncated his season, has signed a four-year contract.

"He's a player that has shown great form at Barnsley in the first half of last season playing off the front of the striker and he also spent some time in the wider areas there," added Hughton.

"He caught my eye not only last season, but in previous seasons."

Butterfield is Hughton's second signing as Norwich boss, following the capture of Scotland international defender Steven Whittaker from Rangers over the weekend.

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Key Points

  • Grant Holt signs new contract with Norwich City
  • Striker committed to Carrow Road club until 2015
  • Canaries also announce signings of Jacob Butterfield and Steven Whittaker