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Former Dons loanee goalkeeper joins Charlton Athletic on short-term contract

Charlton Athletic have signed Sam Walker on a short-term contract.

The Addicks only had one senior goalkeeper available with Harry Isted ruled out due to a knee injury.

Walker, who has had a loan spell with AFC Wimbledon, will provide back-up to current first choice Ashley Maynard-Brewer.

The 32-year-old started in Chelsea’s youth ranks. He made 28 appearances in the Scottish Premiership for Kilmarnock last season and has also had temporary moves to Barnet, Northampton, Yeovil, Bristol Rovers and Colchester.

Walker played more than 200 matches for Colchester after joining them permanently. He also had three years on the books of Reading when they were a Championship club.

Charlton technical director Andy Scott said: “Sam is a very experienced goalkeeper who will push Ash for the first team shirt while Harry is recovering from his injury and then compete with them both.

“He has played a lot of first-team football at all levels and has demonstrated maturity and quality in the time he has spent with us and gives us excellent cover in the goalkeeping department.”

Walker added: “I’m delighted. I’ve been keeping myself sharp and ready for the right opportunity and this feels good. I spoke with Stephen Henderson and obviously Harry is out for a little bit so they need a bit of cover and someone to come in.

“I feel ready to contribute to the squad who are obviously going really well at the moment. I know a couple of the lads anyway, so I’ve come in and fitted in nicely. I’m looking forward to contributing to the team.”

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