June 19 2013 Latest news:
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Norwich City captain Grant Holt insists the January arrivals of Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara can only help ease the burden of spearheading the club’s battle for Premier League survival.
Both Holt and Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton have openly admitted the skipper’s prospects of emulating his 17-goal personal haul from a successful top flight debut have largely been sacrificed in pursuit of the greater good.
The 31-year-old’s fifth of this season secured a vital home league win over Everton last time out and Holt views the extra competition up front as a positive after operating in a lone role for the majority of the campaign.
“I’m not saying I wouldn’t like to score 17 goals again because that would be lying, I would,” he said. “But you’ve got to do a job for the team and if the team stays up at the end of the season, will I be as happy as I was last year? Yes, is the answer. It’s different to last year. It’s a different season, we have a different philosophy in how we play so to me it feels like the first time I’ve done it. If it means I’ve got to do a different job this season and I’m not going to score many goals, then that’s what you’ve got to do.
“Luci plays a little bit like that, he can play as a one, he’s done it for Leeds for a while and that’s maybe why the manager brought him in. I’m not getting any younger so it’s maybe a case of looking after me a little bit and helping me along the way, but I’m hoping I can stay there as long as I can until he decides otherwise.”
Manchester United stalwart Ryan Giggs and former City old boy Jamie Cureton have both hit the headlines recently as they attempt to prolong playing careers well into their late 30s. Holt believes that trend is only likely to continue with the advances in sports science at the very top.
“Certain lads do it, certain lads don’t,” he said. “Some will take it on board - we’ve got Russell Martin does everything you can think of – but someone like Simeon Jackson is not keen to sit in an ice bath for so long, so it’s just down to individuals. As long as you’ve got all the tools there, it’s up to you if you want to use them or if you want to leave bits out when it comes to how you prepare and recover.
“It’s certainly got better. I’ve seen a lot more lads playing a lot longer. I feel the best I’ve been now in five or six years, so something’s gone right somewhere. Ask the sports scientist and he’ll say I’m an absolute nightmare, he probably won’t say I’m the best because I’m kind of set in my ways a little bit and like to do what feels best for me.
“It’s worked so far so I kind of stick to it. They’ll give you options and you decide to use them or not.”