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Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Tomas Holy seals free transfer to Carlisle United



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Goalkeeper Tomas Holy has completed a move to EFL League Two outfit Carlisle United.

The 30-year-old was one of four senior players that was released by Ipswich Town last month, having made 65 appearances for the club following his switch from Gillingham in 2019.

However, the Czech Republic shot stopper has found himself back in the game relatively swiftly after putting pen to paper on a two-year contract at Brunton Park.

Tomas Holy has signed a two-year contract with Carlisle United. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Tomas Holy has signed a two-year contract with Carlisle United. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Carlisle manager Paul Simpson told the club's website: “He’s a keeper I’ve known about for years. 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 Greg (Abbott, head of recruitment) 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.”

Speaking more about the attributes that will be brought to the squad, 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.

“I’d like them to be finalised by June 22, because I’d like them to be in place. The one thing I will say to the fans on this is that even though it could look as if nothing is happening, believe me we have plenty going on in the background.

“It’s a cliché but we have plates spinning, we’re keeping things going and we’re hopeful that we’ll be in a position over the next few weeks to give everybody even more good news.”

During his stint with Ipswich Holy had loan spells with Cambridge United and Port Vale.