Norwich City have confirmed that star striker Grant Holt has signed on with the club for another three years.
Holt led the Canaries in scoring this past year, netting 17 goals in all competitions. However, he rocked Carrow Road in May by handing in a transfer request. He was reportedly looking for a three-year contract extension when Norwich were only offering him two years. Moreover, the three-time Norwich City Player of the Year was said to be interested in following Paul Lambert to Aston Villa.
Villa have been linked with the former Shrewsbury player, and Holt was even being mentioned as a candidate for an England call-up for the European Championships of 2012. However, new Canaries boss Chris Hughton has apparently convinced the fan favourite to stay on board at Carrow Road.
"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 said. "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."
Hughton, who moved to Norwich from Birmingham this summer, expressed his delight at re-signing Holt.
"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."
Norwich begin their new campaign against Fulham, at Craven Cottage.