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Charlton boss Johnnie Jackson gives his take on Charlie Kirk’s loan move to Blackpool

Charlton manager Johnnie Jackson has given his verdict on Charlie Kirk’s loan move to Blackpool.

The 24-year-old has joined the Championship side for the remainder of the season and they have an option to make it permanent in the summer.

Charlton activated a £500,000 release clause in his Crewe contract to sign him in the summer.

Kirk’s father passed away around that period – slightly delaying him concluding the transfer.

Asked if the wideman struggled to settle down South, Jackson said: “He did have those personal issues when he moved and you never know how many months that can affect someone. As far as every day around the training ground, he was excellent. He trained hard and he got on with the group.

“He got on with his work and for whatever reason it didn’t quite click on the football pitch. But he was good to have around the place. He never caused us any issues, in that regard. He was as good as gold to have around the place.

“Short term it suits everyone. Kirky’s had a tough time. He has had limited opportunities and not necessarily grabbed them when he’s had those opportunities.

“It was a good move at this time in his life with the personal issues that he had. He can get back home and play his football.

“Hopefully he does well there and comes back to us a better player. We want the lad to go there, play some games and do well – he deserves that. It will work out the best for everyone if Kirky goes there and does great.”


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