Charlton Athletic have taken former Derby County man Simon Dawkins on trial as the winger looks to earn himself a contract at The Valley, according to The Derby Telegraph. 

The 30 year old left Pride Park in 2016 and has been playing his football in the MLS for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Dawkins played 45 minutes for the Addicks in their pre-season friendly with QPR, which ended in a three all draw.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer will now give the winger another chance to impress when Charlton face Welling United at the weekend.

The former Aston Villa loanee came through the ranks at Tottenham Hotspur, but he failed to establish himself during his stay in London and left the club having not made a senior appearance.

Dawkins made 69 appearances for the Rams whilst at Pride Park, scoring 9 goals for the club.

He initially joined Derby on loan in 2014, a move that was made permanent after the Jamaican’s impressive form.

He was Steve McClaren’s first signing as manager of the Rams, but he departed during the January transfer window of 2016 for an undisclosed fee.

After joining the Earthquakes, Dawkins made 43 appearances for the American side, scoring 5 goals.

He was released by San Jose a week before the start of the new MLS season, and now he is on the lookout for a new club in England.

After narrowly missing out on the Playoff final, Lee Bowyer is looking to bolster his squad this summer.

The signing of Dawkins would be an astute acquisition and add some much needed squad depth for the Addicks.


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