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WIGAN ATHLETIC PLAYER PROFILES

GRANT HOLT
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UPDATED 01:53 9th July 2013

Grant Holt became Owen Coyle's seventh signing of the summer completing his switch from Norwich for an undisclosed fee on 8 July.

He made his first appearance in a Latics shirt against Columbus Crew five days later in a 2-1 victory. 

The Cumbrian-born forward has worked his way from bottom to top during his career, with short stints abroad along the way.

Holt's career began as a youth team player at Carlisle United, but his early first team games where at his local non-league sides Workington Town and Barrow while also earning Football League experience with Halifax Town in the same team as former Latics goalkeeper Lee Butler.

Before earning a switch to Sheffield Wednesday, Holt played briefly in Australia with Sorrento FC and then Indonesia with Sengkang Marine.

He arrived at Hillsborough in April 2003, scoring four goals in 30 appearances before moving to Rochdale in January 2004.

It was at Rochdale that he made a real impression, scoring 34 league goals in 75 games and finishing his maiden season with 24 including five braces.

Holt's excellent goal scoring run at the start of the 2005/06 season earned him a move to Nottingham Forest in January 2006 and he even scored on his debut in a 3-0 win against Oldham Athletic.

The forward went on to score 17 times in his first full season at Forest but the following season found goals hard to come by and was eventually loaned out to Blackpool before making a permanent move away from the City Ground to join Shrewsbury Town.

Holt turned in another debut goal this time against Macclesfield Town, a strike which would set the tone for his 2008/09 season as he scored 28 times in League Two as joint top goal scorer of the division with future Norwich team mate and then Gillingham striker Simeon Jackson.

His blistering form caught the eye of the Canaries and the following season he started his journey in yellow.

Across four season at Carrow Road, Holt scored 78 times and helped the team to promotion from League One and then immediately into the Barclays Premier League a season later.

In the 2011/12 season Holt made his Premier League debut at the DW Stadium in a 1-1 draw against Latics, a game that signified his appearance in all four of England's professional leagues.

During his two seasons in the top flight he scored 23 times, with goals against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.

Holt's meteoric rise to the top of English football saw him pick up a host of accolades along the way including; three consecutive Norwich Player of the Season awards, a place in the Championship, League One and League Two PFA Team of the Year in consecutive seasons and further Player of the Season awards at Nottingham Forest in 2006/07 and Shrewsbury Town in 2008/09.

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