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Tomáš Holý joins the Valiants

27 January 2022

Port Vale Football Club is delighted to confirm that Tomáš Holý has joined the club on loan for the remainder of the season from Ipswich Town.

The 30-year-old arrives from Sky Bet League One side Ipswich Town who he made 37 appearances for last season, keeping 17 clean sheets as he helped The Tractor Boys to a ninth placed finish.

The shot stopper began his career in the Hradec Králové youth system before moving to Sparta Prague in 2010, where he represented Sparta Prague B.

During his time with the 36 time Czech First League champions, Holy went to loans to Vlašim, Viktoria Zižkov and Fastav Zlín before moving to England in January 2017 with Gillingham.  

Holy, who stands at a massive 6ft 9in, established himself as The Gills’ first choice keeper in his first full season with the club, keeping 10 clean sheets in his 49 appearances.

The Czech keeper continued his impressive form the following campaign, making 52 appearances and keeping 15 clean sheets before joining Ipswich Town where he was awarded the number one shirt.

Holy has also represented his country at multiple levels, picking up 12 caps across the Czech Republic Under-16’s, Under-17’s and Under-18’s.

Speaking about the signing, manager Darrell Clarke said: “He’s obviously a big lad, but the main thing for me is that he’s played over 150 League One games, and he comes in to add really good competition to the other two goalkeepers.

“We strive for competition for places, and he certainly adds to that, we’ve got three keepers now, we’ll roll with the three and they can all work hard together and make sure they’re ready for the big occasions because we have a lot of big games coming up.  

“There’s 22 games left of the season, and they come in such a short space of time, so he just keeps giving us really good competition in that area, I’m delighted to bring him in, and I hope he settles in well.”

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