A team of Ricky Holmes’
Well just the 10 more to find.
Great news from the club today ending the ‘will he, won’t he’ saga of the Charlton summer thus far. After Ricky Holmes signed a new three year contract he said “I want to play for this football club and there seems to be a better vibe around the whole place. Hopefully, we can all get together and get promoted this season.” (More)
Good vibes indeed and a good statement of further intent. Hopefully. Holmes was the subject of much interest from Sheffield United, who apparently bid at least twice for the 30-year wide man. Blades’ neighbours Wednesday and Cardiff City were also said to have been watching his contract situation closely.
A move to the newly promoted Blades, managed by his former mentor Chris Wilder, looked one of the more obvious Addicks’ exits of the previous couple of years, yet fan favourite and Player of the Year Holmes stayed loyal when that word has almost vanished from football’s vocabulary.
Holmes was late to professional football playing for Chelmsford City until he was 23. He then moved into league football with Barnet, but had three season’s of basement relegation battles before Barnet finally dropped back to the Conference. An impressive few seasons followed at Portsmouth and Northampton before he moved to SE7 last summer.
More money, yes. Loyal, yes. But perhaps also Holmes smells the opportunity to drag this football club around, at least on the pitch.
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