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Shrews break club record for Holt

Grant Holt (left) and Michael Jackson
Grant Holt (left) and Michael Jackson have joined Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Town have broken their club transfer record by paying 170,000 for Nottingham Forest striker Grant Holt.

Holt, 27, completed his move to Oteley Road after Town agreed a fee with Forest last week.

"It puts a bit of pressure on me," Holt told BBC Radio Shropshire. "I've got to prove to people I'm worth it."

Ambitious Town have made it a double signing by bringing in veteran defender Michael Jackson, who was released by Blackpool at the end of last season.

Jackson, 34, told BBC Radio Shropshire: "I had a choice to go to Scunthorpe, but I felt this was the right move."

The former Blackpool defender has joined Shrewsbury on a free under the 'Bosman' ruling.

Holt has signed a three year contract making the move from Forest after scoring three goals in their League One campaign last season.

But he spent the end of the season on loan alongside Jackson at Blackpool after becoming frustrated with limited first-team opportunities at the City Ground.

"The club's going in the right direction and I want to be part of it," Holt added.

His signing surpasses the club record of 100,000 paid for Aldershot's John Dungworth in 1979 and then matched by Mark Blake's signing from Southampton in 1990.

Shrewsbury boss Paul Simpson said he was delighted with the double signing.

"I think it shows the intent we've got for the season," he said. "I think it's a thank you to the supporters for the support they've given us with the season tickets.

"I think they're both experienced players, both know the leagues."

Simpson hopes to make one more signing by the end of the week.

see also
Shrews close in on Jackson deal
23 Jun 08 |  Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury hold talks with Holt
20 Jun 08 |  Shrewsbury
Holt has Reds future - Calderwood
05 Jun 08 |  Nottm Forest

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