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Conor Washington (left) has left Hearts after the Scottish side's relegation to the Championship.

Conor Washington (left) has left Hearts after the Scottish side's relegation to the Championship.

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Conor Washington (left) has left Hearts after the Scottish side's relegation to the Championship.

Charlton Athletic have completed the signing of Conor Washington from Hearts.

The Northern Ireland striker has penned a two-year contract at the Valley.

The 28-year-old joins the Addicks for an undisclosed fee and in doing so becomes Lee Bowyer’s second signing of the summer transfer window following the arrival of Alex Gilbey on Wednesday.

Washington joined Hearts on a two-year deal as a free agent last summer after being released from Sheffield United.

Bowyer had wanted Washington last year when he left Sheffield United, but he opted for Edinburgh with Hearts.

However, a hamstring injury stalled his career at Tynecastle, with the Scottish season also ending early because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On signing for the Addicks, Washington said: “It’s absolutely brilliant to be here, I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“I’ve seen a lot of Charlton over the last few years and with the manager being the way he is, it looks like a great project to be a part of.

“It’s a great stadium, I’ve seen it on the television a few times and I’m really looking forward to playing here. The pitch is nice and big which is good for me, I love running in behind, trying to score goals.

"Hopefully I can add that in the mix and get us up the league.”

Charlton manager Bowyer added: “We have to bring in bodies and replace bodies that we’ve lost, so it’s a good start.

“He’s an international and someone with a lot of experience. We tried to bring him in last summer, but it just didn’t work out for us, so I’m really pleased he’s signed for us.

“He’ll cause teams problems and add that finishing touch that we lacked at the end of last season. I’m delighted to finally have him through the door.”

The Addicks, who were relegated on the final day of the Championship season, will find out their League One fixture list on Friday, August 21.

Belfast Telegraph