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Key figure in title winning squad returns to the club

2 November 2020

Northampton Town have re-signed former winger Ricky Holmes on an appearance related contract.

Holmes played 53 times for the Cobblers over an 18 month period as Chris Wilder's side won the 2015/16 League 2 title, scoring 16 times.

He has also played for Barnet, Portsmouth, Charlton Athletic, Sheffield United and Oxford United.

Holmes has been training with the Cobblers in the last few weeks, and has praised the work of Northampton Town fitness coach Pablo Garcia.

"It has been a lot of hard work over the last few weeks and I just want to say thank you to the manager, the management staff and especially Pablo," he said.

"Most people had written me off but Pablo has put very long hours in with me, he knows me better than anyone and how my body works and all that hard work has paid off. He has got me fit and ready.

"I have had a back injury and had not been able to get fit and wasn't sure if I could continue playing until I got working with Pablo again. He knows my body inside out from before and I knew if anyone could get me fit it was him and he has.

"I am raring to go, it has been too long. It is just great to be fit to play and to help the team and show what I can do. We have a lot of games coming up, so let's go!

"I had a great time here before. It could not have gone any better and there are still some familiar faces here and that is one of the reasons I wanted to come back."

"Ricky has shown a great hunger and enthusiasm to get back involved," said boss Keith Curle.

“When the club allowed him to train with Pablo it wasn’t necessarily to get him playing again but it has gone better than expected and worked out for us and Ricky. Initially it’s a short term contract which is sensible for everyone in this climate, but we have a lot of games coming up in that time and we hope that Ricky has the impact he did before.

"He's got an affiliation and an affection for this football club, the first opportunity he had here he grabbed with both hands, he's got things in his game that I like and admire and it's just making sure that we give him the right platform.

"He's an enthusiastic character to have around the changing room. For a diminutive figure, he's got a lot to say and he's another general.

"He's a forward thinking player in and around the final third. He's a clever player, he knows where to be and what to do and if you give the ball to Ricky, he will deliver.

"He has been training with us for around seven weeks now, he's got a spring in his step, he is fit and he wants to play."

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