Rochdale have completed the signing of striker Grant Holt, who re-joins the club for a second spell. He has penned a deal that will last for the rest of the season. The Carlisle-born forward has been without a club since his release from Wigan Athletic last month.

The 34-year-old played in the blue of Dale between 2004 and 2006, scoring 42 goals in 83 matches. That form tempted Nottingham Forest into signing him for £300,000.

Holt, who spent time on loan with Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this season, has been given the number 18 shirt for his return to Spotland.

The striker has certainly ‘been around the block’ in the Football League, playing for a total of ten clubs, including Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Norwich City. He also has Premier League experience from his time with the Canaries, as well as a loan move to Aston Villa.

‘Holty’ has taken to social media to thank supporters for the messages of goodwill that he has received, insisting he is ‘glad to be back.’ He returns to the club with them situated in 16th place in League One, eight points above the relegation zone and 12 points off the final play-off position.

Rochdale’s new signing is expected to make his debut this weekend away to Bradford City, with his first appearance back at Spotland coming next Tuesday against Fleetwood Town.


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