Gills sign Ricky Holmes on loan

Ricky Holmes has signed for Gillingham until the end of the season.

Gills have made their third signing of the transfer window with the capture of Ricky Holmes from Sheffield United on loan until May 4.

The winger, 31, arrives at Priestfield for the remainder of the season although his current injury will prevent him from playing for a short while.

This will be Ricky’s second loan spell of the campaign having played 19 games for Oxford United earlier in the season.

Holmes began his career in the youth teams at Southend United and Chelmsford City, before making his professional league debut for Barnet in August 2010.

Ricky joined Portsmouth in the summer of 2013 and stayed at Fratton Park for 18 months, winning Player of the Year at the end of the 2013/14 season, prior to joining Northampton Town, initially on loan, before signing a two-and-a-half year deal.

In June of 2016 Holmes was on the move again, this time to Charlton Athletic for a fee of £125,000. He netted 19 times in 64 appearances for the Addicks, alerting the attention of Sheffield United who signed the player for an undisclosed fee in January of last year.

He last played for Oxford in a 3-0 win over Tottenham U21 in a Checkatrade Trophy fixture at the Kassam Stadium in December.

On signing his deal Ricky said: "I'm more grateful than anything else as I've been injured. Gillingham have given me the opportunity to get me fit, and within a month I should be back doing what I love doing.

"I can't wait to be back out there."

Steve Lovell added: "It's a great signing for the club; Ricky is an excellent professional and somebody who has an awful lot of quality. We look forward to working alongside him."

Chairman Paul Scally said: "This is a fantastic signing for the club. We will be helping Ricky in regards to his injury and once he is fighting fit I have no doubt the fans will enjoy seeing what he can do."