Holtâs route to the Premier League started in the less heralded surroundings of Barrow and Halifax, with Canariesâ team mates Russell Martin and Bradley Johnson also forced to drop out of the professional game after early career setbacks.
âI remember when I left Barrow and honestly they could not have done better for me,â he told BBC Radio. âThe only thing they didnât do was bundle me in the car and drive me to Sheffield to sign for Wednesday. Nowadays because the way football is going it is a lot harder to buy players from non league. People always talk about myself, Rickie Lambert and Glen Murray.
âClubs might look at it and maybe thinks so-and-so could do a job but it is so difficult now if you are a club to go and say, âWe love the look of your player, let us take him into the professional game and see if he can make the step up and weâll pay you at the end.â Everyone seems to want it up front. but that is just my opinion.â