A catch up with Grant Holt as he continues to recover from long-term knee injury.
- Recovery update with Grant Holt.
- Forward gets through 80 minutes in Development Squad draw.
- Holt more than happy to help out in third appearance for Peter Atherton.
The forward, on loan at Huddersfield Town at the time, suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in December 2014, which required surgery and a long process of rehabilitation. Having played for the third time in three weeks for Peter Atherton’s side, Holt shared his thoughts with wiganathletic.com
“I really enjoyed it,” Holt said of the 2-2 draw against the Valiants.
“We’re quite fortunate here that we’ve got a lot of young lads who like to work hard and they don’t like getting beat.
“Every game you play in this team, especially with Pete (Atherton) in charge, is taken very seriously and you know that the lads aren’t just going through the motions, they’re going out to win.
“I think you can see with the game yesterday that the lads didn’t get bullied against a big strong side. We’re gutted not to get the win because of the position we were in at half time, but all-in-all it’s good to be back and getting even more time out there.
“Personally the most important thing is to be playing and getting fit, but the attitude has to be right as well, and the only way I can do that is by trying to excel at every level and doing my bit for the team.
“This team wants to win games, and if I can help them do that at the same time as getting fit then that’s great for everyone.”
On the condition of his knee after his third game in as many weeks, Holt continued:
“I’m just happy to be out there playing and testing my knee, I’ve still got a bit to go and it’s still not as strong as I’d like it to be, but the surgeon told me he’s happy with how things are going and everything will come together with more games and minutes on the pitch.
“I’ve been unfortunate with injuries during my time here, so it’s been disappointing. It’s been eight months of frustration, especially watching the club get relegated.
“I spent the whole summer working hard to recover, and now I’m getting much closer to where I want to be. I’m close to being fully sharp, but it’s up to the management staff now and hopefully I’ll be called upon.”
Speaking after yesterday’s Final Third Development League game, coach Peter Atherton praised Holt’s influence around the squad, something the forward himself sees as an important part of his responsibilities.
“When I used to play in reserve games as a young player coming through, the teams used to be full of old professionals and players coming back from injury. You had to run around as much as possible or you’d get absolutely hammered.
“I put the same standards on the way I play now, and I think anybody watching would have seen how committed I was to help the lads win the game.
“They’re a talented bunch of players, and you only have to look at the results the Development Squad and the Under 18s have been getting over the last 18 months to see that. They’re a joy to play alongside.”