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Slade tips Josh Magennis to make big impact at Charlton Athletic

By Graham Luney

Josh Magennis has become the latest Northern Ireland player to embrace a new challenge with the season just starting.

Roy Carroll (Linfield), Michael McGovern (Norwich City), Aaron Hughes (Kerala Blasters), Oliver Norwood (Brighton), Paddy McCourt (Glenavon) and Paddy McNair (Sunderland) have kicked off exciting new chapters in their careers and Magennis has joined Charlton from Kilmarnock for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be around £250,000.

The 25-year-old joins on a two-year contract after spending the last six seasons in Scotland with Aberdeen, St Mirren and Killie.

Magennis started his career as a goalkeeper before signing for Cardiff and was converted to a striker at the Welsh club.

He becomes Russell Slade's eighth signing of the summer and will wear the number nine shirt. Slade said: "Josh will give us a real physical presence up front. He has progressed his career over recent years and I see him as a late developer because the early part of his career, as many people will know, wasn't as a forward.

"He has developed that, has got himself in his national team and featured in the Euros this summer."

Meanwhile, Arsenal are considering a move for Jonny Evans while Linfield are being linked with Dean Shiels.

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