Charlton happy with their hat-trick of signings

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With big spending, shopaholics Manchester City tying up their business long before the transfer window slammed shut, it was the turn of Phil Parkinson to swoop for three signings in one day.

The Addicks signed front man Paul Benson from Dagenham and Redbridge and signed up trialists Jonathan Fortune and Joe Anyinsah, who had both impressed whilst training with the club.

Benson played the whole 90 minutes against former club Dagenham and Redbridge at The Valley in the first round of the Johnsons Paint Trophy on Tuesday evening, which saw his new club triumph 1-0 courtesy of a goal by Therry Racon.

Although none of them are quite Jerome Boeteng, Mario Balotelli or James Milner they will strengthen a squad that enjoyed two wins from their opening two games and only lost their unbeaten record to promotion candidates Huddersfield on Saturday.

Benson, a former trainee accountant, boasts an impressive scoring record with the Daggers which includes 84 goals in 201 games and 22 goals last season which saw his old side promoted via the play-offs to League One.

After much speculation that Benson would sign, Parkinson was happy to tie up the deal on Bank Holiday Monday. He told the clubs official website: “We’re really pleased to get Paul. He’s got a good goalscoring record over the years at Dagenham & Redbridge, and he’s also a hardworking front man.

“We’ve worked hard on this deal and it’s taken a while, but that’s understandable. Dagenham & Redbridge didn’t want to lose him because he’s played an important part in their recent history.”

Parkinson will be hoping that his new signing will also play an important part in Charlton’s history as the club looks to make it back to the Championship at the second time of asking.

There is even more pressure after the disappointment of last season with chairman Richard Murray saying that the club would lose up to £5 million a year if they remained in League One.

Elsewhere, Jonathan Fortune - who made 195 appearances for the Addicks between 2001-09 - has signed a deal until Christmas and will add to the club’s defensive options.

Fortune, who has been training with the club since he left Sheffield United at the end of last season, will be hoping to put an injury ravaged past few years behind him in which he made only six appearances for Sheffield United after leaving Charlton in 2009.

As for Joe Anyinsah, he will be looking to force his way into a team which now has plenty of competition for places with six strikers looking to bag themselves a regular starting place.

With the transfer window now firmly shut, Parkinson will be looking for his new signings to make an impact when his side travel to Exeter on Saturday.

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