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Charlton Athletic complete loan signing of Preston North End goalkeeper

Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Chris Maxwell from Preston North End on loan until the end of the season as confirmed by the club website.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper signed for Preston in 2016 but has been ousted as the club’s number one by Declan Rudd. While he has tried to get in between the sticks at Deepdale, he has been forced to watch the season from the bench. But now he will get a chance at first team football again after signing a loan deal which will keep him at The Valley until the end of the season.

This is the second signing of the January transfer window with Charlton also securing a deal for Maxwell’s fellow Welshman Jonny Williams earlier in the week. And with a new shot stopper in place, the Addicks will feel confident of making a successful challenge to get into the automatic promotion spots of Sky Bet League One.

Following the completion of the deal, Charlton head coach Lee Bowyer said: “He’s a very good goalie. We’ve had some great reports back from people and obviously seen him play for ourselves. He’s got good distribution, he’s a good, all-around goalie, so I think he’s going to be very good for us.”

Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen added: “He’s a powerful boy, which is one thing that really stood out for me. He is really game, athletic, agile, strong. He comes for crosses, he punches a lot and he comes through the crowd and is brave. I think everyone will really like him. From everyone I’ve spoken to, and I’ve met him today, he’s a really nice fella. I think he’ll fit in really, really well.

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