Holy contract extended by further year
Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend goalkeeper Tomas Holy’s contract by a further year, we understand.
The giant Czech stopper signed on a free transfer from Gillingham last summer, originally on a two-year contract but with the option for a third.
The club are understood to have now triggered that option, meaning Holy is contracted to at Portman Road until the summer of 2022.
The 28-year-old made 25 appearances for the Blues in all competitions last season as he battled Wolves loanee Will Norris for the starting job, quickly becoming a favourite with supporters thanks to his infectious character and impressive early-season displays.
Town could be in the market for a second senior goalkeeper this summer to offer competition to Holy, with Northampton’s David Cornell linked on three occasions, but there is every chance the club could enter next season with Holy as their undisputed No.1.
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One reason for taking Holy’s contract option now could be to help battle the impending League One salary cap, which could potentially limit clubs to a wage bill of no more than £2.5m a season.
Clubs are likely to vote on the proposal later this summer, which is expected to include exemptions for young players and those who have signed contracts prior to the cap being introduced.
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Though the Blues have cut their wage bill significantly over the last two summers, thanks to high profile departures and largescale wage cuts following relegation, they are believed to be paying in the region of £6m a year in wages.
A total of 28 Ipswich players are due to be out-of-contract next summer, with the vast majority of those having extension options in their deals.
Ipswich Town contracts
Donacien*, Chambers, Huws, Judge*, Wilson*, Sears*, Jackson*, Nolan*, Bishop*, Nsiala*, Nydam*, El Mizouni*, Wright, Skuse*, Dozzell, Edwards, McGavin*, Drinan, Przybek*, Folami*, Morris*, Cotter, Clements*, Gibbs*, Andoh*, Z.Brown*, K.Brown*, Hughes*
Downes*, Norwood*, Lankester*, Kenlock*, Ndaba*, Crowe*, Smith*, Simpson*, Crane*, Holy
*known to have a 12-month extension option