Charlton Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of prolific striker Alfie May from Cheltenham Town for an undisclosed fee.
Amidst interest from a host of other clubs, the 30-year-old has penned a two-year contract, with an option of a further year, to become the Addicks’ third summer signing following the acquisitions of Harry Isted and Lloyd Jones.
May arrives at The Valley having enjoyed a formidable three-year spell with Cheltenham, scoring 67 goals in 165 appearances, 43 of which have come in League One over the past two seasons.
That form saw him scoop Cheltenham’s Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters’ Player of the Year and Norwegian Robins Player of the Year two years running.
He was named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for March 2023 after bagging five goals – including a spectacular strike from the halfway line at Peterborough United – and an assist in an unbeaten month for the Gloucestershire side.
After completing his move, May said: “I’m delighted to be here. I’m a local lad, so to come back home with my family means a lot.
“You see the support that Charlton have at The Valley and what it brings as a stadium when the fans get going and you want to be a part of that as a player. I can’t wait to get started.”
Manager Dean Holden is thrilled to bolster his forward ranks. He added: “I’m absolutely delighted that Alfie has chosen to sign for Charlton Athletic. He’s a player I’ve been keen to recruit since the very end of last season and he showed a great deal of desire and hunger to join us over other clubs.
“As well as being a proven goalscorer, his work rate for the team is exceptional and from the first conversation we had I was really impressed with not only his ambition but also his humility. I can’t wait to start working with him.”
CEO Peter Storrie said: “The purchase of Alfie May is one we’ve been working on for while. There were a lot of clubs looking to sign him but he was a key target for us and he wanted to join us, so we’re all really pleased we've got the deal done and he’s a Charlton player.
“We’re aiming to build a squad that can compete for a top-six place in the league next season and it was important we added a goalscorer of Alfie’s ability. Like a lot of the club's fans, I'm looking forward to watching him in a Charlton shirt."
Born in Gravesend, May began his senior career in non-League with Corinthian, Billericay Town, Chatham Town, Bromley, VCD Athletic, Erith & Belvedere, Farnborough and Hythe Town, who he bagged 43 goals for in two seasons to earn a move to Doncaster Rovers in January 2017.
Following three years in south Yorkshire, which included promotion to the third tier, the forward joined Cheltenham.
He fired the Robins to the League Two title in his second season at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium before establishing himself at League One level and becoming the club’s record EFL scorer.