Grant Holt: Things I Think I Think
Stunning news. Amid all the nonsense, rumours, panic and comedy, these things come to mind.
- I have it on reasonable authority that he, or mainly his family, are keen on moving back up North. It’s no surprise that he took a long time to move them down in the first place and they only moved into a new house recently, but it appears they haven’t settled well and have been looking at new houses for a while.
- He’s 31 years old, and there will probably never be a time when he’s worth as much as he is now. I don’t know the sort of price he’d go for but it’ll only decrease from here on in, as he either has a poor 2nd season and/or gets old.
- The timing is strange. Being scheduled to go on the radio this evening and suddenly pulling out suggests a sudden change of circumstances, such as a rejected transfer or contract breakdown. However, by all accounts there have been no clubs in for him yet.
- Added to that, announcing this before Drury’s testimonial moves the spotlight away from Ads when it should be firmly on him. Also suggesting that something sudden has come up to force his hand.
- Loyalty is a concept that is over-emphasised by fans and under-emphasised by players, managers and everyone else in the game. Fans are the blood of football clubs and never leave, but this is a business. If Holt thinks, at 31, that he has little time to earn money before he retires then he has to consider himself and his family. It’s not disloyal – he’s been with us for 3 brilliant seasons and more than paid back the money and support given to him. No one has given as much as he has. Norwich aren’t called disloyal when we release players at the end of the season, like with Zak or Wilbraham yesterday – it’s the same with players. It’s a business.
- Anyone suggesting a knee-jerk decision to want a big club to improve England chances are, I think, off the mark.
- He’s still a legend. Only player to win the POTS award three times, three seasons worth of goals, he is a huge, huge park of the reason we’re midtable Premier League and not League One still. Players move on. There was always going to be a day when he left – it might be sooner than we think.
- It might be his agent pushing for a bigger contract. Rumours of our tight wage budget are well established and they may be pushing for a bigger wage now we’re established. Can’t rule it out, and with Norwich now being run much more like a tight ship, the prospect of offering much more for a striker in his thirties when we’re only about to enter our second Prem season may not be all that appealing to McNally and co.