Charlton Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of Conor Coventry from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee.
The club have fought off widespread interest to secure the services of the talented 23-year-old midfielder, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Addicks.
Coventry arrives at Charlton on the back of an outstanding 2022/23 campaign that saw him make his Premier League debut, lift the UEFA Europa Conference League and star in the Championship with Rotherham United.
After his completing his move to Charlton, Coventry explained what attracted him to the club: "The vision of the gaffer and the people behind the scenes with where they want to take the club. I’m from London so I know what this club means to people and the size of it. I’m really looking forward to buying into what is going on here and being a part of it."
Head Coach Michael Appleton, who worked with Coventry at Lincoln City, commented: "I'm delighted we've been able to sign Conor. He's someone that quite a few years ago I took on his very first loan at Lincoln. To be able to be reunited with him on a permanent deal I'm delighted with.
"He's very, very comfortable on the ball and knows his position really well. He's a good passer of the ball, with good technique, and he's got a steeliness to him as well which I like - a bit of nastiness to him. He's one who lives his life right and is a proper professional."
Technical Director Andy Scott added: “We're really pleased to secure the signing of Conor. He's a player we've been chasing for a long time. We've beaten off a number of competitors, not only in League One, but in the Championship as well. He's shown how committed he is to Charlton and what we want to achieve here. It's an exciting signing for the club and I'm sure the fans will enjoy watching him on the pitch."
The midfielder joined West Ham at the age of 10 and progressed through the ranks to pen his first professional contract in May 2018 following an outstanding campaign that saw him collect the club’s Academy Player of the Year award.
Coventry, who has captained various academy sides at West Ham, made his senior debut in September 2018, coming on as a substitute in the Hammers’ 8-0 win against Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup.
The Premier League side rewarded him with a new contract in the winter of 2020 and he subsequently joined Lincoln on loan for the remainder of the 2019/20 campaign.
Coventry won the Football Association of Ireland’s U21s Player of the Year accolade in 2021 after captaining the side to their first-ever UEFA European Championships play-off and has gone to become the Republic of Ireland's all-time record holder for U21 international appearances. He received his first senior international call-up in March 2021.
He spent the first half of the 2021/22 season on loan in the Championship with Peterborough United, before joining MK Dons where he featured 22 times as the Dons secured a third-place finish in League One.
He made his Premier League debut on the opening day of the 2022/23 campaign against Manchester City and featured five times during West Ham’s successful UEFA Europa Conference League group campaign.
Coventry joined Rotherham on loan in January 2023 and started 16 times in the Championship for the Millers.
The deal is subject to Premier League and EFL approval.
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