Holt picks up League 2 gong

Shrewsbury Town talisman Grant Holt has been named FourFourTwo League 2 Player of the Year. The announcement was made at the 2009 Football League Awards - incorporating FourFourTwo’s Top 50 Football League Players - at Grosvenor House, Park Lane on Sunday March 29 in front of over 800 attendees from clubs, sponsors and representatives of the football industry.   The 27-year-old is ranked 40th in FourFourTwo's Top 50 Football League Players, making him the highest League 2 representative - ahead of Wycombe midfielder Tommy Doherty and Brentford marksman Charlie MacDonald. Holt signed for the Shrews last summer, becoming the club's record transfer signing for £170,000. However, the former Nottingham Forest forward has not allowed the large League 2 fee to weigh heavy on his shoulders. Holt has bagged 26 goals in all competitions this term to maintain Town’s promotion push, including five in one game against Wycombe in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in October. "After leaving Forest, some people might have thought I'd taken a step back by joining Shrewsbury, but this award vindicates that decision," he said. "I was in and out of the side and my chances were made all the more difficult by the fact that we often played 4-5-1. Having chatted with Paul Simpson, I realised I was joining a progressive club that has the potential to play at a higher level. "The league is getting stronger with players filtering down from the Premier League - I've really enjoyed my first season. Scoring five goals in our 7-0 win at Wycombe… it was just one of those days where everything went right for us and every shot I had just seemed to go in." As well as being named the best player in League 2, Holt was also on the five-goal shortlist for Mitre Goal of the Year 2008 for his strike at Rochdale in December. However, the award went to Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake - who was also named Championship Player of the Year - for his stunning effort at Charlton Athletic. The May issue of FourFourTwo magazine - out Monday - features the full rundown of the Top 50 Football League Players, the Cardiff vs Swansea derby and interviews with Colchester boss Paul Lambert and Rotherham-supporting funnymen the Chuckle Brothers. FourFourTwo.com: More to read... NEWS: Ebanks-Blake scoops Football League double NEWS: Fryatt wins League 1 award NEWS: Delph delight at Young Player Prize NEWS: Football League Awards: Every winner named BLOG: Jimmy Hill: A Life Less Ordinary GALLERY: Football League Awards 2009