Etheridge signed by Charlton on permanent deal

From Bristol Rovers' website (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

Former Azkals' primary goalkeeper Neil Etheridge will stay with Sky Bet Championship side Charlton Athletic after the club signed him to a permanent contract until the end of the 2015 season.

Originally on loan from lower tier club Oldham, Etheridge's stint with the second-tier team will be stretched following the injury of Stephen Henderson.

"Stephen Henderson will be out short-term so it’s good to now be able to secure him until the end of the season," said Charlton's goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts to the club's official website.

Roberts also admitted that Etheridge, during his time as a free agent following a waiver from relegated Barclays Premier League squad Fulham, began joining Charlton in practice, leading to initial thoughts of signing the goalie.

"Neil was training with us in the summer and we were quite keen on him to sign back then so we would have some strength in depth," Roberts continued.

The coach concluded, "He’s a model professional and a good lad to have around the place so I’m delighted that we’ve secured his services."

The long-time top goalkeeper of the Azkals, who was once loaned to Charlton by Fulham before recalling him after a week, has already seen action for Charlton in the Sky Bet Championship on December 26, a 1-1 draw against Cardiff.