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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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  1. mark #

    Probably Mrs Robinson’s most important signing of the summer….

    It’s nice to see a player showing that old fashioned vice of loyalty to a club and its supporters – apart from being the good player that he is Ricky has gone up in my estimation as a man. In this age of the “me,me and I” sportsmen & women (just listen to some of their interviews…) Ricky has shown loyalty to his team mates, the club and the supporters – probably at a financial cost to himself and the excitement of playing in front of bigger gates in the Championship and against better players than there are in division 1.

    Hopefully that loyalty will be rewarded when Charlton go up into the Championship next April…

    Well done Ricky, well done to the Gaffer in getting the deed done and yes, well done to Roland for sanctioning the funds to get the deed done (I never thought I’d write that last bit!).

    July 11, 2017

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