Ex-Portsmouth forward bolsters League One rivals Charlton's promotion push

Former Pompey loanee Jayden Stockley has joined League One promotion rivals Charlton.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 4:38 pm

The striker could make his debut the Addicks' clash against Swindon tomorrow, after signing on loan from Preston for the remainder of the season.

Stockley scored twice in 12 games during his loan spell at Fratton Park from AFC Bournemouth in the 2015-16 season.

The 27-year-old then enjoyed a prolific 18 months at Exeter which yielded 48 goals in 76 appearances, earning him a move to Deepdale two years ago.

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However, Stockley's struggled for the Championship outfit this season, bagging only once in 17 matches.

The former Aberdeen forward hasn’t been short of League One potential suitors during the January transfer window, though, with Sunderland, Hull and Bristol Rovers also reportedly keen.

However, Charlton have won the race for Stockley and he bolsters their challenge to return to the Championship.

The Poole-born ace could face his former side Pompey when they travel to The Valley on Saturday, January 30.

Jayden Stockley, centre. Picture: Joe Pepler

Addicks boss Lee Bowyer told the club's website: ‘There was a lot of interest in him, he’s a good striker and normally in these transfer windows good strikers don’t become available.

‘I’ve got a good relationship with Peter Risdale at Preston and I have to thank him for his help and obviously the manager and their owner. He’s a Championship striker and with their help and a lot of our persistence, we were able to fend off interest from other clubs.

‘We know what problems he caused us last season, so I’m delighted to have him here. With his experience, his goals, he is definitely going to add to us.’

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