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Grant Holt joins Hibernian on one-year deal

Former Norwich City and Aston Villa striker Grant Holt becomes Neil Lennon's first signing at Hibernian, moving to Easter Road on a one-year contract.

Hibernian have completed a deal to sign Grant Holt on a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old, who spent the closing months of last season with Rochdale having been released by Wigan Athletic, becomes Neil Lennon's first signing at Easter Road.

Hibernian will be the 16th different club of Holt's career, and he is hopeful of contributing to the first team following an injury-plagued spell.

"I spoke to the gaffer and I said that I'm not here just to sit and help the young lads along. I've come to play football," he told Hibs TV.

"I've been out a long time with my knee, I've come back and I'm fit and I want to score goals and enjoy football – that's the reason I'm here."

Lennon added: "We're delighted to be able to secure a player of Grant's quality. He'll bring good experience to the group but he's here to play and has plenty to contribute on the field.

"The fact that he has chosen to come here over other clubs who were interested in him speaks volumes about his commitment and desire to do well here. He's exactly the type of player we were looking for and I am sure he'll prove to be very valuable to the team."

Holt could make his debut for the Scottish Championship outfit against either Valur or Brondby in the Europa League second qualifying round on July 13.

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