Holmes | "I can't wait to get out there"

Sheffield United loanee keen to return to full fitness as quickly as possible.

Ricky Holmes says he cannot wait to get himself fit and put on a Gillingham shirt for the first time.

The former Northampton Town and Charlton Athletic winger signed for the Gills on loan until the end of the season from Sheffield United late on Thursday and, although he is currently out of action due to a slight back injury, he is confident that he will be over the worst of it soon and back to doing what he does best.

Speaking to the club website he said: “I’m more than grateful than anything else. Gillingham have given me the opportunity to get me fit and work alongside me and if I start playing and get fit within a month, I think I’ll be back doing what I love doing which is playing matches.

“Hopefully I will be pain free, which I haven’t been for a long time, but now I know what the injury is, I’ve got results, and I can’t wait to get back out there with the boys.

“I’ve been playing with it all season and I was trying to do a job at Oxford. I just wanted to play Football but I didn’t do myself justice. It’s two bulging discs in my back; I had all the injections so I’m back on the road to recovery now and hopefully back out on the pitch in around four weeks.

“I like getting on the ball, dribbling with it and making things happen. I want my fair share of goals and assists."

Holmes revealed that Mark Byrne had contacted him when a potential move was on the cards, a day before the window closed.

He added: “Yes, it was Wednesday actually; Mark Byrne rang me, he’s one of my best mates as we knew each other from Barnet, he said he thought we were interested. I was doing rehab in Sheffield but now I have the end goal of playing for a club and that’s the best thing.

“I love the back end of the season; the club have got some great players and I want to get the club out of the relegation battle. It will take me time and fans will have to wait to see me play but once I do I’ll be working hard. A lot can happen but we’ll push up the league I’m sure.

“I like playing here, it’s a tight ground and the fans are right on top of you. I can’t wait to get out there.”