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Turf Moor move a 'no brainer'
CHRIS Holt says he didn’t even think for a second before signing on as Burnley professional - and the 24-year-old already has itchy feet as he waits for the 2014 season to start.
Burnley have swooped for Holt as a replacement for Adnan Rasool and the spinner is relishing the chance to pit his wits against the pick of the Foster’s Lancashire League.
Holt has spent the last three years as professional with Padiham and was mulling over offers from other Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League clubs as well as teams in the Lancashire League and further afield.
But as soon as Burnley chairman and former Middlesex, Hampshire and Surrey batsman Michael Brown made an approach, that was Holt’s mind made up and he said: “As soon as I got a message off Burnley, that was my decision made - there was a even a second of thinking time.
“To get the chance to be professional at a club like Burnley is an absolute no-brainer and I can’t wait for the season to start...and I am going around telling people that it is only seven months until the new season.
“There are some really big shoes to fill after Adnan and Burnley have had some tremendous professionals down the years and people like Jon Harvey, who I know from Read, were big successes there and I want to try and emulate him.
“Any player wants to play in the Lancashire League and Burnley is a great club with some brilliant players. They won the Worsley Cup last year and I want to try and win it for them again.”
Holt has previous experience in the Lancashire League and spent a season with Colne when 19.
But the former captain of Read really caught the eye two years ago when he was Rishton sub-pro for eight games and shone with the ball, claiming 27 wickets.
That led to games for Leicestershire seconds and Holt also won a call into Minor Counties action this summer as he played for Cumberland.
He is relishing the challenge of turning out at Turf Moor and is already looking towards the first game of the season when Burnley travel to Haslingden.
“I can’t wait for that game,” he said. “They have Brenton Parchment as pro and it is a real test. It’s not everyday you get the chance to bowl at a Test man - and I want to bowl against the best batsman around, I want that challenge.
“I have had three great years at Padiham and I want to thank them for taking the chance on me and giving me that break into the professional ranks but it’s been my ambition to go back to the Lancashire League and I know I can do a good job for Burnley.”
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