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Town Confirm Holy Signing
Friday, 24th May 2019 16:21

Town have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Tomas Holy when his contract at current club Gillingham expires on June 30. Holy will join on a two-year contract with the club having an option for a third year.

Holy, 27, spent two years with the Gills and was ever-present in League One last season. He stands 6ft 9ins tall, which makes him the third tallest keeper in the world of professional football.

The giant Czech told the club website: “I enjoyed my two years at Gillingham and want to thank them for the opportunity they gave me but it feels the right time to take up a new challenge at Ipswich.

“It's a massive club and I’m looking forward to meeting up with the squad for pre-season and will be ready to play my part in helping Ipswich try to get back in the Championship.”

Rychnov nad Kněžnou-born Holy came through the ranks at Sparta Prague but featured only for their B team - having spent time on loan at Graffin Vlasim, Viktoria Zizkov and Fastav Zlin - before joining the Gills in the summer of 2017.

Holy, who has won caps with the Czech Republic at U16, U17 and U18s levels and who was linked with Arsenal last summer, made a total of 107 appearances for the Kent club.

Town have previously had one Czech player on their first team staff, another keeper, Jaroslav Drobny, however, the future full international didn't make a senior appearance in his spell at Town during 2006/07, although was on the bench on five occasions.

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thechangingman added 16:22 - May 24
Noice!! I feel VERY positive about this. My Gill-fan-friend is utterly gutted!!

ollie_smith2001 added 16:22 - May 24
Welcome Tomas!

JackSted added 16:28 - May 24
Holy Moly

dirtydingusmagee added 16:30 - May 24
Holy smoke we have made a signing. Nice one .

Reuserscurtains added 16:33 - May 24
I wonder what size shirt he will wear

Cakeman added 16:42 - May 24
Great news. Welcome to our club Tomas I am sure you will enjoy being with us.
The beginning of a new era and one to very much look forward to.

OwainG1992 added 16:46 - May 24
Terrific news!
Great to see us doing early business.
Here's hoping we get another 2 or 3 in before pre season starts.

therein61 added 16:49 - May 24
What a good start to early signings I hope it continues, welcome to our club big man looking forward to see you command the box against set pieces which have cost us dear last season!!.

bluejacko added 17:02 - May 24
Nice one! Shouldn’t have to even jump for the ball 😀

burwellian added 17:03 - May 24
You've heard of the Special One, we've got the Holy 1?

WeWereZombies added 17:07 - May 24
No doubt Nodge will criticise us for having a Holyer than thou attitude.

ChateauWines added 17:10 - May 24
An excellent signing

tags added 17:11 - May 24
He is about a foot taller than Harry Wright!!

rogie_dog added 17:36 - May 24
His ears are the same size though

ArnieM added 17:39 - May 24
Great, we’ve got Spider-Man in goal !

Mjdery89 added 17:44 - May 24
Could be a very good signing, hopefully sort out actually picking up crosses into the box seeing as we seem to be having trouble with that this season. Be fantastic if Norwood shortly follows, now he will be a good signing.

Gforce added 17:47 - May 24
Welcome aboard Tomas,hopefully you can play a big part
in the next chapter of our great club.
The only way is up !

LegendofthePhoenix added 17:58 - May 24
Fantastic, great work PL, and welcome to our Promotion season Tomas

Kropotkin123 added 18:05 - May 24
Hard to tell on that video. A lot on shot stopping. I heard he was meant to be good with his feet and setting up play.

Looking at the video I think he can improve here. Work on getting up more quickly after saves.

Here's hoping he will be good for us.

inghamspur added 18:24 - May 24
Holy is our goalie

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 18:37 - May 24
Gets down well for a big lad. This seems like a good move for him and for us.

hollywoodginge added 18:49 - May 24
Good early business, refreshing, I feel lessons are being learned. Norwood joins by Thursday if Tranmere lose tomorrow, is my hunch, my hunch though is that the promotion emotion might see him stay there. I hope I’m wrong on my second hunch.

ringwoodblue added 18:55 - May 24
Welcome Tomas. With Calamity Chambers in front of you, you will get all the challenges you're looking for!

jas0999 added 19:27 - May 24
Excellent news. I don’t actually know anything about him, but the fact we have already made a signing, who will start pre season with the lads, is a very positive step in the right direction. Lambert effect already at work.

Welcome and good luck.

runaround added 19:38 - May 24
Welcome to Portman Road Tomas

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