Charlton have today completed the signings of striker Simon Church on a permenant deal, and Marvin Sordell on a season-long loan deal from Bolton Wanderers.

Charlton fans have had to wait a long time for their club to bolster its attacking options. Their were some starting to doubt whether Yann Kermorgant, the only recognised first team striker at the club, would have a partner up top in time for the start of the season in just a few days’ time.

However, not one, but two attacking additions have joined on the same day to give the Addicks a whole new positive outlook going into the new season.

Free agent Simon Church, who impressed whilst on trial, signs a two-year deal at the Valley, whilst Marvin Sordell, a rumoured target for the club back in January, will spend the season on loan in SE7.

Church, 24, turned down the offer of a new contract at former club Reading in the summer, for who he scored 22 goals in 104 league games, and joins on a free. The striker boasts a wealth of international experience with 22 caps for Wales.

England U21 international Sordell has been allowed to move back down south after failing to settle at Bolton Wanderers, scoring a disappointing four goals last season. However, the 22-year-old has bags of potential, as shown during his time at Watford, and a move to Charlton may rekindle the form that saw him earn a move to then Premier League side Bolton.

After a frustrating summer of attempting to bring new names in without much success, manager Chris Powell was delighted with the new additions to his squad.

Speaking to, Powell said: “It’s no secret that we were looking to bolster our striking options and I’m really happy to welcome Simon and Marvin to the club.

“They are two young strikers with points to prove and I look forward to working with them both – and watching them wear the famous red shirt.”

Church will wear the number nine shirt, whilst Sordell will take over ownership of the number ten jersey. Both players will be available for selection as the Addicks travel to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday to begin their season.  


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