Henderson is back too
Not a surprise this one, although there was a thought that Nigel Adkins would use the emergency loan market for a back-up keeper, but out-of-contract 33-year old Stephen Henderson signed a one-year contract yesterday.
In the 5 years since leaving Charlton, Stephen Henderson has only played 16 first team matches, but he did have a good spell with us over two seasons and was a popular player amongst a squad that had few endearing qualities at the time.
We leaked goals that season we went down 2015/16, but I don’t necessary remember Henderson being the problem, and despite his lack of game time, which goes with the territory when you spend most of your career as a number two goalie, he will bring competition and encouragement to the Addicks’ goalkeeping union of coach Glyn Shimell, Craig MacGillivray and Nathan Harness.
Ashley Maynard-Brewer is currently sitting on the bench at Ross County, a move which has so far been frustrating for the young Aussie sent north for first team league experience.
Henderson became one of many players that joined the club through the summer that had a previous affinity with the club. Whether coincidence or planned, it has been an interesting facet of our recruitment.
Whereas Elliot Lee’s father represented the Addicks 298 times, Sean Clare and Harry Arter were both products of the youth academy before following career paths elsewhere. Jonathan Leko was with us in our Championship season playing 21 games before injury curtailed his loan from West Brom.
The conspicuous Jayden Stockley was our first summer signing after spending the second half of last season with the club, Akin Famewo was resigned on loan from Norwich with the possibility of making it permanent and Adam Matthews came back for the third time.
You could even through young left-back Jacob Roddy onto that list, son of Technical Director Ged.