Oxford United have signed former Portsmouth, Charlton and Northampton Town winger Ricky Holmes on loan from Sheffield United, confirmed by the club website.

Oxford United have signed former Portsmouth, Charlton and Northampton Town winger Ricky Holmes on loan from Sheffield United.

Ricky Holmes in recent seasons has played for Barnet, Portsmouth, Northampton Town and Charlton Athletic before his move to Bramall Lane in January, where he made five appearances for Sheffield United in the Championship.

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Oxford United manager Karl Robinson said this about his new signing: “Ricky has been one of the outstanding players in League 1 for a long time. He scores goals but he also creates plenty and that’s why so many clubs were chasing him this summer. We had serious competition but he wanted to come here and he is going to be another really good signing for us. I want to thank him as well. We were close to signing him last week and there were other offers but he wanted to come here and gave his word, which I think says a lot about his character.”

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“We started the signings at the back, first Simon Eastwood then Cameron Norman, Tony McMahon and Luke Garbutt, so defensively we look very solid. Then further forward we have brought in Ricky, Marcus Browne, Samir Carruthers, Gavin Whyte, Jamie Mackie and Sam Smith.”

“When you also add in Curtis Nelson and Rob Hall, who both missed the second half of last season, then we have a very exciting new look to the squad but everyone has settled in really quickly and we can’t wait to get started now.”

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