Holmes declares joining Charlton Athletic was an '˜easy decision'
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.
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.”