Wigan Athletic have released Grant Holt by mutual consent, as confirmed by the club website.

The 34-year-old striker signed for the Latics in 2013 from Norwich City for £2million as an attempt to boost their forward line in an attempt to get promoted back to the Premier League.

But things didn’t go well for either Holt or the club as Wigan got relegated to League 1 and the former Nottingham Forest man struggled to break into the first team, only making 26 appearances and scoring two goals over his two and a half years at the club.

Since signing for Wigan, Holt has been loaned out three teams as he aimed to get some first team football. He returned to the Premier League to play for former manager Paul Lambert at Aston Villa and made 15 appearances for Huddersfield Town, but failed to impress in either of these spells.

This season he had a spell at Wolves but failed to start in his month at Molineux.

Following the release of Holt, Wigan manager Gary Caldwell told the club website: “Grant’s career speaks for itself, and his experience has certainly been valued here at Wigan Athletic.”

“In my time as manager, Grant has given nothing short of his all in training and in the matches he has played but, with competition for places fierce, both Grant and the club felt it was best he moved on to get the first team football he requires at this stage of his career.”
“His knowledge of the game and ability has never been in question and I am sure he will have a lot to offer wherever his future takes him.”
“We thank him for his service to the football club.”