Ledley links up with Addicks on short-term deal

Charlton Athletic
Fortuna Sittard are set to sign former Cardiff and Derby midfielder Joe Ledley on a free transfer.

Charlton have completed the signing of free agent Joe Ledley on a short-term deal and the midfielder says he's happy to back in football.

The Addicks have been struck down by an injury crisis heading into the festive period and were without 14 first-team players for last week’s game with Sheffield Wednesday.

Head of recruitment Steve Gallen indicated the club would be looking to bring in a few players to cover for the absentees.

Ledley has been without a club since leaving Derby County in January and has recently been linked with a move to League Two Newport County.

Charlton have now swooped for the services of the Wales international, who has won 77 caps for his country, signing him to an undisclosed contract.

While Charlton are starting to get a few players back from injury, with Chuks Aneke and Lyle Taylor expected to return this weekend, Ledley looks like he could have a big role to play in the short term.

It is expected he will go straight into manager Lee Bowyer’s squad for Saturday game against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium – and the 32-year-old is chomping at the bit to get back out on the pitch.

“I’m happy to be back in football and playing again,” he told Valley Pass.

“I want to play as many games as possible, to come here, play football and show everyone what I can do. It’s a good club to be at, they are a great bunch of lads, I know a few of them here and they’ve welcomed me straight away.”

Bowyer is pleased to add a player of Ledley’s experience to his squad at this stage of the season and hopes he’ll be a big help for the Charlton youngsters.

Ledley began his professional career at Cardiff in 2004, making 229 appearances for the Bluebirds before moving on to Celtic in 2010.

He then swapped Glasgow for London in 2014 when he joined Crystal Palace, spending three years in south London before an 18-month stint at Derby.