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Goalkeeper Tomas Holy says keeping Gillingham in League 1 comes before contract talks

The fight for survival comes before contract talks for Gillingham keeper Tomas Holy.

Gills dropped into the bottom four of League 1 at the weekend following a 4-1 defeat to Barnsley.

Holy pulled off a string of stops but was unable to prevent the heavy home loss.

Tomas Holy collects the ball at a corner during Saturday's 4-1 defeat Picture: Ady Kerry
Tomas Holy collects the ball at a corner during Saturday's 4-1 defeat Picture: Ady Kerry

His own future has been subject to debate in recent weeks, after the club suggested he wouldn’t be signing a new deal – but the focus is on the field for the big Czech keeper.

“That is something I don’t think about,” said the 27-year-old. “It is in my agent’s hands and at the moment we have different problems.

“I am not thinking about my contract with Gillingham. I will leave that until the summer and see what happens.

“For now we have different problems, we have to go step by step with our results and stay out of relegation, that is the first thing we have to do before other things.

“I will never forget Gillingham and what the club has done for me. It’s like your first love, you never forget and we will see (what happens).

“I am just focused for Saturday, that is my nearest target at the moment.”

Holy, who was named Gills’ man-of-the-match against Barnsley, insists the players must refocus quickly ahead of a big game next weekend.

He said: “That game is gone, now we have to clean our minds and focus on our next game which is a huge one against Scunthorpe. We must beat them.

“The mood is not right at the moment, that is understandable, but everyone has to forget that and refresh and come in Monday seriously fresh. That is all we can do, there is no looking back.”

Holy admitted there was little he could do on Saturday to prevent the defeat.

“I tried my best and sometimes it is not enough, even if you do everything,” he said.

“For someone who is a perfectionist, as I am, that is tough to accept.

"To be fair, I am very surprised to be man-of-the-match after conceding four goals. I appreciate it, but it is tough to accept.”

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