Holt became Norwich's biggest signing of the 2009 pre-season when
they paid a fee rumoured to be £400,000 for his services
In his early career,
Grant played for a number of non-league sides including Barrow,
Workington, Halifax Town and in Singapore with Sengkang Marine,
before he was signed by Sheffield Wednesday in 2003/4, for whom
he would make 30 appearances, scoring 4 goals.
Released to Rochdale
in January 2004, Grant scored 42 goals in 83 appearances and earned
a £300,000 switch to Notts Forest in January 2006. He had
a slow start to his Forest career and nearly joined Bristol City
in November 2006. He persevered at Forest and eventually scored
21 goals in 96 games. During this period, he was loaned to Blackpool
On 24 June 2008, Shrewsbury
Town broke their club transfer record by signing Holt for £175,000.
During the 2008/9 season, he scored 28 goals in all competitions
for the Shrews including five in their 7-0 Football League Trophy
win over Wycombe on 7th October 2008.
Holt made his debut
for Norwich in the 7-1 shock home defeat to Colchester on the
opening day of the 2009/10 season but scored a hat-trick in his
second appearance; the 4-0 Carling Cup victory at Yeovil on 11th
In his first season
at Carrow Road, Holt scored 30 goals and was named Player of the
In December 2010, after
an impressive start to life in the Championship and a hat-trick
against Ipswich, Grant was linked with a move to the Premiership
with West Ham, Wigan, Blackpool and Bolton all linked with him.
Norwich responded with a six word statement "Grant Holt is
not for sale"
On 20th March 2011
Holt came runner-up to QPR's Adel Tarabaat in the Championship
Player of the Year at the Football League Awards. He was named
in the 2011 PFA Championship Team of the Year.
Norwich won a second promotion, moving up to the Premiership,
on 2nd May 2011 with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth with Holt's goals
playing a key role in the Canaries' promotion challenge. He played
48 games, scoring 23 goals. He was also voted Player of the Season
Holt was the subject of a bid from Rangers in January 2012
At the end of February 2012, Grant was voted into Norwich City's
Hall of Fame
Holt was named Norwich's Player of the Season for the third season
in May 2012, having scored 17 goals in 38 appearances. On 18th
May 2012, he submitted a transfer request that was rejected by
the Canaries. This came two days after he was omitted from England's
Euro 2012 squad despite being the second highest English scorer
in the Premiership. This was re-iterated and re-expressed at the
end of June 2012, with his agent reporting that Norwich were unwilling
to give grant a "third year" on his new two year contract
as he was "too old". The Daily Mail speculated
that Holt would follow Paul Lambert to
Aston Villa although David McNally expressed
that Holt was not for sale. West Ham were reported to have made
a £3m bid for Holt, this was allegedly increased to £5.5m
on 20th June 2012
After discussions with new manager Chris
Hughton, Holt signed a three year contract on 3rd July 2012.
Holt said: Im really pleased weve agreed
things and that Ive got a three-year deal which gives me
and my family a bit of security. I do appreciate where the club
was coming from in terms of the process weve gone through
to get to this point. Now Im 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.
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton said: 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. Its great news that he has signed a new
contract and Im really looking forward to getting down to
work with Grant and the rest of the players when we return to
training next week.
At the end of May 2013, Grant was the subject of an enquiry from
Australian side Melbourne Heart. He was then linked with moves
to Crystal Palace, Wigan and Hull. On 8th July 2013, he completed
a move to Wigan for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £2million.
Holt signed a three year deal with the Latics and became owen
Coyle's eight signing of the 2013 pre-season.. It was widely accepted
that Holt wanted to move up north to be closer to his family in
Holt scored on his Wigan debut, a 4-0 thrashing of Barnsley on
3rd August 2013. However he struggled to score further goals,
netting just once more in 21 appearances. On 14th January 2014,
he was surprisingly re-united with Paul Lambert who signed him
on loan for Aston Villa until the end of the 2013/14 season. "When
I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to
pursue quickly because he'll add strength and experience. Having
worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can
do," said Lambert. Holt said "It's a massive
opportunity for me personally, an opportunity I couldn't turn
down. To be able to come back into the Premier League, especially
at a club as big as Villa, is fantastic." Holt made his
Villa debut in the 2-2 draw at Liverpool on 18th January 2014
as did fellow loan signing Ryan Bertrand.
Holt made 10 appearances for Villa, scoring once.
Out of favour at Wigan and training with the Under-21 development
squad, Holt was loaned to Huddersfield on 26th September 2014,
making his debut the same day in a 2-1 win over Millwall.
Holt and Wigan were releaged to League One on 28th April 2015
when Rotherham beat Reading 2-1 consigning Wigan and Millwall
to the two remaining relegation spots along with Blackpool
After missing the second half of the 2014/15 season through injury, he was loaned to Wolves on 30th October 2015 until 2nd January 2016.
Holt was released by Wigan at the end of January 2015 and he was linked with moves to Carlisle, Oldham and Hearts.
On 18th February 2016, Holt rejoined Rochdale on a deal until the end of the season. They announced at the beginning of May 2015 that they would not be renewing his contract.
On 29th June 2016, he became Neil Lenoon's first signing as Hibernian manager, signing a one year contract. Holt told Hibs TV: "I said to the gaffer I'm not here just to sit and help the young lads along. I've come to play football. I've been out a long time with my knee, I've come back and I'm fit. I want to score goals and enjoy my football." Holt had been a regular in the side but didn't play when Hibs beat Queen of the South 3-0 on 15th April 2017 to secure promotion to the Scottish Premiership. Holt though was released, along with five other players, on 12th May. He had scored seven goals in 39 appearances.
On 9th October 2017, Holt and fellow former Canary Simon Lappin signed for Ian Culverhouse's Kings Lynn Town. Holt made his debut as substitute in the 2-0 win over Hitchin on 10th October.
After four appearances and one goal for Lynn, Holt left the Linnets on 9th November to re-join Barrow, managed by Ade Pennock, as player-coach. Holt left Barrow on 20th July 2018 having made 23 appearances for them.
He rejoined Norwich as a coach in the Academy in August 2018 combining it with the Director of Football role at the Langley School. Holt will work with the under-23 squad and the lower age groups for one day a week, when schoolboy players are also in on school day release, and continue his work as a commercial ambassador for City. He then announced his retirement from playing on 24th August 2018.