Ricky Holmes admits last season with the Cobblers was the ‘most enjoyable’ of his career, but says it was an ‘easy decision’ to leave Sixfields and sign for Charlton Athletic.
The attacking midfielder has signed a two-year deal at the Valley, leaving the Cobblers for a ‘significant’ undisclosed fee.
After talking with Russell Slade and seeing the great facilities, joining Charlton was an easy decision. I had a great time at Northampton and last season’s promotion was the most enjoyable season of my career, although I think this is a great next step for meRicky Holmes
The transfer brings to an end Holmes’ 18-month stay at Sixfields, which was topped off by last season’s Sky Bet League Two title triumph.
Holmes scored 11 goals to play a pivotal role in that title success, and he accepts it is a campaign that will live long in his memory.
But the former Portmsouth man, who turns 29 on Sunday, told cafc.co.uk that he couldn’t turn down the chance to play at a ‘fantastic club’ like Charlton, with the prospect of playing at The Valley a real pull.
“Charlton is a fantastic club and I can’t wait to get started,” said Holmes, whose family still lives in the south east.
“I’m looking forward to working with Russell Slade (Charlton manager), he has a great reputation and really impressed me when I spoke to him about his vision for the club.
“After talking with Russell and seeing the great facilities, joining Charlton was an easy decision.
“I had a great time at Northampton and last season’s promotion was the most enjoyable season of my career, although I think this is a great next step for me.
“Now my focus is on Charlton and doing all I can to help us have a successful season and get the club back into the Championship.”
Former Cobblers assistant boss Slade has only been in charge at Charlton for a fortnight, and Holmes is his first signing for a club that was relegated from the Championship last season.
“I am delighted to be able to make Ricky my first signing for the club,” said Slade, who left a director of football role at Cardiff City to take over in south London.
“He was a top target for me and to be able to bring him to The Valley was very important for us, as we look to build a strong squad for the season ahead.
“Ricky had a fantastic season last year at Northampton, and is a player who is capable of not only scoring goals but creating them too.
“I know he was very popular amongst Northampton fans and I have no doubt that the Charlton fans will take to his style of play too.”