Etheridge transfers to Charlton Athletic

Jaelle Nevin Reyes
Etheridge transfers to Charlton Athletic
Neil Etheridge finds new home in Charlton Athletic where he spent a month with in a loan deal with League One side Oldham Athletic AFC

MANILA, Phillippines – Filipino-English goal keeper Neil Etheridge signed with English club Charlton Athletic FC (CAFC) on a “permanent basis”, the football club’s website reported on Monday, January 5.

Etheridge, who signed with League One side Oldham Athletic AFC on October, was shipped to Charlton Athletic last November on a one month loan deal.

The young Philippine international debuted during the 1-1 draw against Cardiff City on December 26 – a day before the end of his contract with the Football League Championship club.

According to the report, Etheridge will be staying at Charlton until the end of the 2014-2015 season.

“Neil was training with us in the summer and we were quite keen on him to sign back then so we would have some strength in depth,” said CAFC’s goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts in a statement on the club’s website.

He added that Stephen Henderson, the club’s first-choice goalie would be out indefinitely due to a shoulder injury making the tenure of Etheridge until the end of the current season a good choice.

“Stephen Henderson will be out short-term so it’s good to now be able to secure him until the end of the season,” he stated.

Charlton Athletic FC plays in the Football League Championship, the second highest division in the English football league system- the same league that houses Etheridge’s former club Fulham after being relegated from the top flight last season. –

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