‘I’m not quitting football’: Canaries star denies career change as he transforms into Holt Hogan
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:45 22 May 2018
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He is more used to the pitch at Carrow Road than the ring but Canaries legend Grant Holt will be climbing the ropes after signing a contract with the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) creating a Holtamania social media storm.
The announcement was made on Twitter that the former City striker had signed for the Norwich wrestling company for a year.
Holt said: “They [The Knight family] asked if I’d be interested in doing an event with them next year and if you are, we can donate to a charity of your choice.
“I enjoy watching what the lads do, if you have seen them wrestle or seen the work behind the scenes you realise just how hard they work.”
Holt, 37, will be taking part in Fightmare 3 next year, a wrestling show where he will team up with Roy and Zak Knight, known as the UK Hooligans.
He added: “I would watch as a kid and have been lucky enough to see them train and workout with them.
“I’ll never turn a challenge down but it is a secondary to football, it is a chance to give a little bit back to the lads and hopefully give a fantastic show with all my proceeds going to charity.
“It’s a fantastic chance to get involved with an organisation that’s trying to relaunch wrestling in England - people don’t realise how big it is in England.”
Although has taken up wrestling the new Holt Hogon told supporters he will not be leaving football or Barrow AFC.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” he added. “It has sparked interest with everyone which is good but the accusations I’m quitting football to be a pro wrestler is not the case.
“I’ll go in as myself but you never know I might be really good it. I won’t do it half hearted in the midst of doing all my football training I hope to put on a good show for everyone,”
WAW was founded in 1994 in Norwich by Ricky Knight, Saraya Knight and Jimmy Ocean.
The Knight family made a name for themselves in the wrestling world, with their daughter, Paige, becoming a WWE wrestler.