GRANT Holt insists he’s ready, willing and able to play his part in Wigan Athletic’s promotion push.
The 34-year-old spent a couple of months on loan at Wolves at the end of last year, but is now back with the Latics squad.
This division is really tough–- I don’t think some people in football realise how tough it is, or give it enough creditGrant Holt
He was named on the bench for Saturday’s 3-1 victory against Chesterfield, which moved Latics level with Coventry in fourth spot in the League One table, four points off the automatic promotion places.
With a trip to rock-bottom Crewe next up, Holt – who has twice won promotion to the Championship – says Latics are in a good position to kick on and crank up the pressure on the top three.
“We all want to get promoted here – that was the aim at the start of the season and it’s still the case,” he told the Evening Post. “You know it’s going to be a squad game, and as a group we know what we have to do to achieve that.
“This division is really tough–- I don’t think some people in football realise how tough it is, or give it enough credit.
“I was fortunate enough to get out of it with Nottingham Forest, and then with Norwich City.
“But it remains a tough, tough division, and I think some people are starting to realise over the course of the campaign.
“You’re never going to drop into this division and just walk it. You’ve got to work hard for every point you get, every win you get, and at times you’ve seen the lads learning that along the way.”
While delighted at being back in the squad at the weekend, Holt is taking nothing for granted with plenty of competition for the striking spots.
“We’re winning at the moment, we’re scoring plenty of goals, and I would never expect to walk straight back into a team like that,” he acknowledged.
“That was never going to happen, because we’ve got lads here who’ve been doing really well.
“I’m here to help where I can, and I want to get back to where I was before I left, looking sharp and competing for a place.”
l A small number of tickets for tomorrow’s trip to Crewe will remain on sale at the DW Stadium – subject to availability – until 4.30pm today.
Latics sold out of their initial allocation, but were granted 600 more after Crewe moved a section of their own supporters to make room.
Those tickets have now nearly gone, ensuring a bumper away following on the day of well over 2,000 – the highest of the season, eclipsing the opening-day trip to Coventry.
Fans will not be able to buy tickets on the day.