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Grant Holt: Striker leaves King's Lynn after less than a month to join Barrow

Grant Holt celebrates scoring for Norwich City at Arsenal. Credit: PA

King's Lynn Town have confirmed striker Grant Holt has left the club, despite him only joining less than a month ago.

The Norwich City legend, who scored 78 goals in just over 160 games for the Canaries, surprised many by deciding to sign for the seventh tier side back in October.

However, his stay in West Norfolk has proved to be short-lived and he is now set to take up a playing and coaching role at Conference outfit Barrow.

Barrow are currently in the relegation zone, but recently appointed former Gillingham boss Ady Pennock as their new manager.

Holt was born and raised in nearby Carlisle and enjoyed a prolific spell at Barrow earlier in his career.

"We had a phone call from Barrow on Monday to say that Grant’s agent had done a deal with Barrow as a player coach. I’m upset to see Grant leave the football club, I’m shocked more than anything at the moment as I’m yet to speak to him," King’s Lynn Chairman Stephen Cleeve said.

“I wanted Grant to stay at the football club. I’m deeply upset, It’s a blow to the town and the football club."

Barrow have denied that a deal has been completed yet though, although they admit that discussions have taken place.

"Conversations have taken place between our manager Ady Pennock and the Kings Lynn management team, as well as at board room level," a spokesperson said.

"However, no terms have been agreed and no deal has been signed for him to join us.

"We look forward to speaking to Grant at the end of the mandatory notice period."