Charlton have today signed Stevenage’s Lawrie Wilson and former Sunderland youngster Jordan Cook. Wilson, 24, moves back to SE7 after being released as an academy prospect for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £400,000 on a three year deal after, beating Peterborough to his signature. Although spending most of his time on the right hand side of Stevenage’s midfield last season, Charlton boss Chris Powell has stated he sees Wilson’s role primarily as a challenge to Chris Solly at right back. Cook, 22, signs on a free after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season. After enjoying a successful loan spell at Carlisle last season, Cook has down enough to convince Powell to offer him a two year contract. The Charlton gaffer sees him as one of the future, but don’t be surprised if he plays an important part in the coming season, especially with the new 7 sub rule.
Overall, I’m delighted with these two signings. Wilson and Cook are both very talented young, hungry players and have received nothing but praise for their previous clubs. It has also quelled the rumours regarding Charlton’s board and fiances for at least a little while. Hopefully this is a sign that the problems are being worked on and will be resolved in the coming weeks, leading to more promising signings. Surely a must for the Championship.
Charlton have also rejected an offer from Oldham for (I use the term loosely) striker Leon Clarke. Clarke failed to impress after signing in January in a swap deal for Paul Benson and was soon loaned out to Crawley. I for one will only be able to understand this decision if Oldham’s offer was derisory. Personally, I can not wait to see the back of him.