Whilst with Norwich City, Grant Holt won the Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons, helped Norwich to back-to-back promotions, and became the sixth highest goalscorer in their history.
Debut: Hibernian (0) vs Brondby (1) - UEFA Europa League - 14/07/2016
Grant Holt was born in Carlisle in 1981 and began his career as a youth player at his hometown club, Carlisle United.
He joined Workington after being released at 18 while also working for a year as a tyre-fitter. Following success at Workington, Grant signed for Halifax Town in the Third Division and scored one goal in the Football League Cup against Tranmere Rovers. During his time with the club, he spent time on loan with Australian club Sorrento and Barrow. He left Halifax in 2001 and went to Singapore for the summer to play for Sengkang Marine, under the understanding that he would be signed by Carlisle United on his return. However, Carlisle entered administration and were unable to complete the transfer. Grant returned to Barrow, taking a part-time job in a factory.
After two seasons with Barrow, Grant joined Sheffield Wednesday in March 2003 where he made 30 appearances. He dropped down to League Two, signing for Rochdale, for whom he made 83 appearances and scored 42 goals. He views his time as Rochdale as his major break-through and his performances at the club made him a target for many higher league sides but it was Nottingham Forest who paid £300,000 to secure his services in 2006.
Despite being on the bench for half of Forest's matches in the 2006/07 season, he managed to score 18 goals in all competitions to become the club's top scorer and the Forest fans recognised his performances by handing him the Player of the Season award.
Grant Holt celebrates with the Ladbrokes Championship trophy.
He had a loan spell with Blackpool before moving to Shrewsbury Town who broke their transfer record by signing him for £170,000. Grant opened his scoring account for the Shrews on his debut, scoring from the penalty spot against Macclesfield Town and later that year in a Football League Trophy second-round match against Wycombe Wanderers, he scored five goals in a 7–0 win. At the end of the season, Grant finished as joint-top scorer with Jack Lester for League Two, with 20 League goals as well as winning the League Two Player of the Year, Shrewsbury Town Player of the Year and named in the League Two PFA Team of the Year for the 2008/09 season.
On 24 July 2009, he transferred to Norwich City signing a three-year contract with the option of a further year at Carrow Road. At Norwich, Grant won the Norwich City Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons, helped Norwich to back-to-back promotions, and became the sixth highest goalscorer in their history.
After almost four years with the club, Grant joined Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal. He spent time on loan with Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers before leaving Wigan to join Rochdale until the end of the 2015/16 season.
Grant joined Hibernian in June 2016 on a one-year contract and made his debut in a 1-0 defeat to Brondby in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League. He scored seven goals in 39 appearances for Hibs including a goal in a 3-1 victory over city rival Hearts. A fan favourite at Easter Road, Grant was a part of the Hibs squad that earned promotion to the Premier League after three seasons in the championship.
After leaving Hibernian at the end of his contract, Grant went onto play for Southern League Premier Division club King's Lynn Town, linking up with manager Ian Culverhouse, who had been assistant manager at Norwich City throughout his time with the club. He returned to his former club Barrow less than a month later to become a player-coach.
In August 2018, Grant announced the end of his playing career and that he has accepted a coaching position with Norwich City, working within the Academy. Grant also became a professional wrestler, signing with the World Association of Wrestling.
Full Name: Grant Holt
Date of Birth: 12th April 1981
Place of Birth: Carlisle, England