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Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis signs for Charlton Athletic

Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis has joined English League One side Charlton Athletic.

The 25-year-old leaves Kilmarnock for an undisclosed fee signing a two-year deal with the London club. He will wear the number nine shirt.

Manager Russell 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. He can score a goal, has got pace, will bring plenty to us and will cause a lot of problems to back fours in this league.

“He was a target that we had been trying to get over the line for a few weeks. In fact, we had him done at one stage, but it didn’t happen because the goalposts were moved.

"Fair play to Katrien [Charlton chief executive], she got round the table again and managed to get the deal over the line again. Sometimes you think you have got your man and then things can change but we dealt with that situation in a real professional manner and managed to get our man.”

Magennis began his career as a striker in Northern Ireland before becoming a goalkeeper. In 2008, while on the books of Cardiff City, he reverted to playing as a forward and signed his first professional contract a year later.

He made nine league appearances for the Bluebirds, and two during a loan spell at Grimsby Town, before then moving to Scotland to join Aberdeen.

While at Pittodrie, he bagged 10 league goals in 98 games and, following a short stint at St Mirren, made the switch to Kilmarnock. A full Northern Ireland international, Magennis notched 18 times in 72 matches – averaging a goal every four games.

Last October, he bagged the goal that booked his country’s place at this summer’s European Championships and played in all four of their games at the summer showpiece.

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