Date: 16th June 2016 at 3:12pm
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Charlton Athletic have today announced the capture of Ricky Holmes from Northampton Town.

The 28 year old becomes new manager Russell Slade’s first signing since taking the job on, and he comes in on a two year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Holmes was nominated for the overall PFA League Two Player of the Year award, but also he couldn’t clinch that, a return of eleven goals in 32 matches as Northampton Town won promotion as Champions from League Two saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year, and speaking to the Official Site as his capture was announced, Slade explained.

‘I am delighted to be able to make Ricky my first signing for the club. 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.’

Holmes himself said of his arrival.

‘Charlton is a fantastic club and I can`t wait to get started. I`m looking forward to working with Russell, 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. I`d like to thank Katrien for her hard working in getting the deal done and 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.’

In 2015/16 he also took Northampton’s Goal of the Season award for his strike against Leyton Orient.

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