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Former striker for Sunderland, Leeds, and Preston North End joins League One team on a free transfer.

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If you closed your eyes, you most likely missed Connor Wickham’s brief tenure at Preston North End.

Barely enough for two appearances and thirty-two minutes in a Lilywhites shirt to win him over the Deepdale supporters. Despite his brief visit to PNE, North End supporters will nonetheless be happy to learn that the forward man has signed with his tenth club.

In fact, the 30-year-old joined League One Charlton on a free transfer with only a few weeks left in the current season. He hasn’t kicked a ball in a competitive game since the last day of the previous season for his previous team, Cardiff.

After Wickham’s two-week trial, Addicks manager Nathan Jones signed the 30-year-old to a short-term contract in the Valley. Under Frankie McAvoy, the striker received a Deepdale contract in 2021 due to comparable conditions. And Jones was happy to welcome someone of Wickham’s caliber to south east London, expecting the forward might increase his Charlton team’s firepower between now and the conclusion of the season.

The Addicks manager stated, “Connor has been here for a few of weeks and we like the human being, so that’s the start,” in an interview with the Charlton website. His physicality, experience, and talent make him an excellent addition. It will be interesting to see how much information we can get from him, but we are happy to have him in.

Wickham, whose previous teams include Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds, and Sunderland, made his PNE debut in September 2021 as a 65th-minute substitute in the team’s 1-1 tie with West Brom. After a harmless clash, he was taken out of the Carabao Cup match after just seven minutes, despite having started the previous game against Cheltenham.

Sadly, that resulted in a hamstring muscle separating from the tendon, which prevented him from playing for the team going forward. His contract expired in January 2022. Wickham has played for MK Dons, Forest Green, and Cardiff since leaving Deepdale.

“I’m thrilled to be at Charlton,” Wickham remarked. “I’m excited about the possibility to work with a solid group of guys and a competent management for the remaining portion of the season,”

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