He scored the goal that confirmed Charlton's return to the Championship, not to mention a further 21 in the 2011/12 League One title winning campaign, but Bradley Wright-Phillips will now be searching for a new club.
Charlton manager Chris Powell revealed that the striker, 28, has left the club following the expiry of his contract on July 1st.
Purchased from Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed fee in January 2011, the son of former Arsenal star Ian Wright was Powell’s first signing in charge of the Addicks. You’ll be hard pressed to find a first career signing for a manager who has made a greater impact than Wright-Phillips. 31 goals in 82 games made the forward a fans’ favourite. Cries of 'he’s better than (half-brother) Shaun' were heard from the Valley faithful whenever he appeared in a Charlton shirt.
Despite failing to make the step-up to the Championship in the season just gone, only finding the back of the net on one occasion and ending the season with an indifferent loan spell at Brentford, Wright-Phillips will be remembered fondly by all those associated with Charlton Athletic; a view echoed by Powell himself.
Speaking to CAFC.co.uk, the Addicks chief spoke fondly of the “important goals” Wright-Phillips scored for the club: “His first one against Colchester at home (a fantastic acrobatic effort). He scored an important one against Southampton when we were really under the cosh and he scored some wonderful goals for us.”
Arguably the most important of all was his goal against Carlisle to seal promotion back to the Championship after three years in the wilderness.
Jonnie Jackson’s corner was headed back across goal by Dale Stephens for Wright-Phillips to make a connection and bundle the ball over the line; the epitome of a poacher’s goal.
One of several contributions to the club that Powell feels Wright-Phills should be “proud” of.
Although recently on trial with New York Red Bulls, it’s remains unclear as to where Wright-Phillips will end up. Wherever that may be, every Addicks fan will be keeping an eye out for his name on the scores sheet once more. It certainly isn’t an exaggeration to call him a Charlton legend.
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