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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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.
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.
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.