Forgotten Sheffield United attacking midfielder, Ricky Holmes, has finally overcome a nightmare 18 months and signed a short-term deal with Northampton Town.
Confirmed by the Northampton Chronicle, the deal will come as good news to Holmes, who was nothing more than a peripheral figure at Sheffield United since arriving a few seasons ago.
Holmes played just a handful of games under Chris Wilder, who signed him after being impressed with his goals and assist levels in his first spell in Northampton.
The 33-year-old’s last taste of real action came in a loan spell with Oxford in the 2018/19 campaign. However, since then, a back injury has robbed Holmes of any hope of getting involved with United, with a similar loan move to Gillingham failing to yield any first-team football because of said injury.
Holmes will hope to impress and find his feet again in a place he will probably call home. He’s earnt the short-term contract after apparently training with the club since the summer in a bid to prove his fitness.
Good news, nice to see a player get a positive outcome
It would be easy to sit and call Holmes a flop but that would be harsh, especially when you read he has been carrying a serious back injury for nigh on two years.
It’s good to see he has managed to prove his fitness and get back into football. He’ll no doubt be as disappointed as anyone that his spell in S2 didn’t work out. But back injuries can be shockers, as this has proved.
Hopefully, Holmes can kick on now and enjoy a stellar few final years in the game at a club he knows well.