Holmes would 'love' to stay at Cobblers for 'a couple more YEARS'

'I've always loved it here. I have a great relationship with the club, from the fans to the staff, and nothing has changed since I left so long may it continue.'

Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:35 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th December 2020, 12:38 pm
Ricky Holmes

Ricky Holmes is already eyeing an extension to his short-term contract at the Cobblers and says he can see himself staying at the club for 'a couple more years', not just a handful of months.

The 33-year-old only rejoined Northampton last month but has already made six appearances including four starts in the last five games, surprising even himself given he spent the last two years in the treatment room.

Holmes' current deal, an appearance-based contract, expires on January 2 but, after playing another hour against Doncaster Rovers, he revealed his desire to extend his second spell at the club.

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"I'd love to stay," he said. "I've always loved it here. I have a great relationship with the club, from the fans to the staff, and nothing has changed since I left so long may it continue.

"Hopefully we can sit down in a week or two and sort something out because I've proved I'm fit. I've started games and I've not missed a session of training so hopefully I can stay for a couple more... years. Not months, let's say years!

"It's a busy month coming up. I love Christmas and we've got games that we need to win and we're looking forward to playing and getting results."

Holmes started three games in eight days recently and he admits he did not expect to come straight into the team.

"I just love playing the game," he added. "I thought retirement was imminent but Pablo worked wonders alongside Nacho and the gaffer to get me fit again and I'm finally playing again.

"I didn't expect to play three in a week! By the time we got to half-time at Rochdale I was dead on my feet, but I want to play. I'm not here to sit on the bench - I've never liked that.

"I've always been one to knock on the gaffer's door and say 'come on, what you doing, play me!' and nothing has changed. I feel sharp now and I'm ready to play every game and give my all to the team.

"I've never been shy of confidence so I'm sure I'll get there and try and earn another contract because I'm up soon!"