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Welcome back Sean Clare

Sean Clare, who was once in Charlton’s academy has signed on a 2-year deal from Oxford United.

By all accounts a natural ball-carrying midfielder the 24-year who ended last season being part of Burton Albion’s renaissance has signed for an undisclosed fee.

Clare, who began professional life at Sheffield Wednesday, has played 40 games at L1 level, but 50 or so in the Scottish Premiership with Hearts, where his form encouraged Karl Robinson to sign him last summer for £100,000 on a 3-year deal.

Clare played regularly for Oxford although mostly at right-back and Robinson surprised Oxford fans by shifting him onto relegation doomed Burton in January. Under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Clare thrived on loan as Burton went on a promotion-like run and easily stayed up.

Interestingly like George Dobson, it is just a 2-year contract for Sean Clare who I hope arrives hungry with a point to prove. Good luck to you Sean and welcome back to The Valley.

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  1. rierti #

    Clare was at Hearts at the same time as Washington so he will have someone he knows at CAFC which I think always helps the settling in process. Reading between the lines it seems that Clare was not happy at right back and this did not help his relationship with KR. With Foster-Caskey out till after the New Year and Gilbey needing significant time to recover after Covid this could be a very prudent move. As well as making more signings it would be advisable to make sure our promising youngsters like Elewere have long term contracts. Morgan is in his last year of his 3 year contract so I hope they give him an improved contract otherwise I fear we will lose him in January as we did with Doughty.

    July 21, 2021
  2. Mike #

    Totally agree with rierti, how many young players have Charlton lost over the last years through the indecisiveness of offering &/or extending their contracts! As we speak looks like we are going to lose yet another highly rated 18 year old winger Kai Garande to QPR or other Championship Clubs who are also very interested in him.
    It would appear Adkins is not too happy and Sangaard must not be please at all, as he has already said on numerous occassions, that we need to build up and keep our good youth team players. Plus because of yet another cockup, we now won’t even get any fee for him at all.

    So who is not doing their job properly?, someone is responsible and it needs to be sorted out now, as said above, before we lose yet more quality young players for either nothing or next to nothing!

    July 21, 2021
    • rierti #

      Kai Garande as far as I know as always played at left back and was among players CAFC released at the end of last season. He was of a reasonable standard but not top quality.

      July 21, 2021
      • Mike #

        Apologies rierti my error, he is indeed an attacking full back, don’t know why I put winger! From what I have gathered he was very well thought of at Charlton and had really impressed in games with his attacking flair as a wing back but wasn’t actually released, as it appears Charlton have been faffing around about offering him a contract! That’s why QPR amongst others, who have obviously seen him as good potential youth to build on, are now trying to sign him as he hasn’t signed a contract with Charlton.
        I have also just checked on Charltons own site and there is no mention of Kai Garande being one of the academy players being released last season.

        July 22, 2021
  3. Shadow Play #

    the fact that we released Sean Clare as a 16/17 year old when we were a League One team and then re-signed him several seasons later at the same level for an “undisclosed fee” isn’t the same as releasing a player who’s just popped up in the squad of a Premiership or Championship side. After leaving us he went to the Nike Academy then to Hearts who traded him on to Oxford in the last year of his contract. Perhaps he’s a late developer who needed a few more seasons to prove himself? According to rumour he fell out with Karl Robinson who tried to turn him into a RB from an attacking midfielder.

    But he’s at an age where he’s no longer a kid and yet still has plenty of time to prove himself, hopefully under the right guidance he can take the next step up.

    July 21, 2021
  4. Graham Wallis #

    Duffy from Bermuda winning triathlon surely this must interest you

    July 26, 2021

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