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Carlisle Confirm Holy Signing
Thursday, 9th Jun 2022 11:43

Carlisle United have confirmed the signing of former Blues keeper Tomas Holy on a two-year deal.

Holy, 30, was released by the Blues at the end of the season having spent the second half of 2021/22 on loan at Port Vale after a previous emergency spell at Cambridge United earlier in the campaign.

The 6ft 9in tall Czech made 65 appearances for Town, only three in 2021/22, all in cups. He kept 28 clean sheets during his time with the Blues.

Carlisle manager Paul Simpson, who was targeted by Bobby Robson back in his playing days, told the Cumbrians’ official website: “He’s a keeper I’ve known about for years,” he said. “He’s done really well at Ipswich, and he’s had a couple of good loans, and obviously when I found he was being released and available I knew it was something I’d be interested in.

“I had a number of conversations with [head of recruitment] Greg [Abbott] and my other staff about him, and we spoke to people who know him, and I’ve got to say that everybody has said the same thing – he’s not only a top player, he’s a top quality person and an excellent professional as well.

“I had a Facetime meeting with him a couple of weeks ago, and he came across as a very good individual and someone I want to work with.

“He’s really keen on the whole Carlisle project that we want to get going here and I’m delighted that he’s jumped on board.

“It’s a really big position to fill and I think he does that for us really well. I’ve never talked about it but I’m fully aware of the criticism I received when we released Mark Howard, but from a footballing point of view, and where I want the football club to go, I’m just delighted that Tomas has agreed to sign.”

He added: “I want a keeper who can make the saves and who can also dominate the 18-yard box, as well as get us moving once he has the ball in his hands.

“With his presence and distribution I think Carlisle fans will take to him once they see the way that he can strike a ball in terms of getting it out to our own players.

“As a 30-year-old he’s still got a lot of football left in him and he’s got such a good pedigree. That started at an early age with his involvement in the Czech Republic national age groups, and with the clubs he subsequently played for.

“I’m really hoping he throws himself into it and shows us what it’s all about. At the moment, with him having joined us, I’m going to wait and see how that position develops.

“My idea is to get a spine of a team that I’m comfortable with. The keeper is part of that spine, and I have situations going on with two other areas through that spine which hopefully over the next week or two will come to fruition.”

Photo: Matchday Images

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Tractorboy58 added 11:46 - Jun 9
Best wishes for you future Tomas

cressi added 11:49 - Jun 9
Best wishes big man
Dominate your box your new manager obviously hasn't watch you play much 🙄

SouperJim added 12:43 - Jun 9
Holy has to be a really top keeper at that level, I understand the criticism about him commanding his box but I think that's a confidence thing given what was infront on him at the time he was most in the side. In a functioning defence, he's very capable.

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:16 - Jun 9
I don't think there is player that has come through Town that I've wanted to see succeed more than Tomas best of luck to him, hope he has a big season with the Cumbrians

dirtydingusmagee added 13:19 - Jun 9
good luck big man

raycrawfordswig added 13:31 - Jun 9
Good Luck Tomas hope it’s a great move for you.

BlueGoonie added 13:33 - Jun 9
All the best BFG, a top bloke

ringwoodblue added 13:34 - Jun 9
Good luck to Tomas. I think he came into our club at the wrong time and things could’ve worked out better for him had the circumstances been different.

Maybe we will draw Carlisle in one of the cups.


Westy added 13:49 - Jun 9
He could do well at League Two level. Good luck but more travelling I expect than with any other Club in the Country.

Taricco_Fan added 15:31 - Jun 9
He'll be a really solid keeper in League Two. Best of luck, Tomas!

itfcasual added 16:17 - Jun 9
28 clean sheets out of 65 appearances behind a poorly rated defensive line?

Walton is clearly an improvement but I still fail to see the bit where Holy is considered a "bad" keeper. He was far from being the worst player in Paul's team...

itfchorry added 19:20 - Jun 9
All the Best - Top Man

OliveR16 added 21:15 - Jun 9
Very pleased for him

algarvefan added 10:46 - Jun 10
Always seemed such a lovely guy and as at the club at the wrong time, I wish him all the best for his future career, a top lad.

blueboy1981 added 13:05 - Jun 10
An enormous presence of a Goalkeeper, he needs to use that presence to command and control that Goal Area. If he does that, he has the ability and experience to be a colossal signing for Carlisle United.
I’d be well pleased with this signing, if I were a Carlisle Fan - but they are a Club I take interest in.
Good Luck Tomas - show them what you can be.

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