DONE DEAL | Wales international Matt Smith becomes Charlton's second deadline-day signing

Charlton have completed the signing of midfielder Matt Smith on a loan until the end of the season from Manchester City. 

The 20-year-old Wales international becomes the Addicks' second signing of transfer deadline day following the arrival of Aiden McGeady in the early hours of Friday morning.

Smith will see some familiar faces having played alongside both Jonny Williams and Tom Lockyer in his young international career which has seen him capped seven times for Ryan Giggs' side.

Manager Lee Bowyer said: “I’m delighted to have a second midfielder through the door. I’m looking forward to working with him, he’s another young one that is going to give us plenty of energy in the middle of the park. It’s a good positive signing for me.”

Smith, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of recent midfield loanees Krystian Bielik, Josh Cullen, Sam Field and Conor Gallagher, who have all flourished under the tutelage of Bowyer and Assistant Manager Johnnie Jackson.

“It’s a wonderful football club with a lot of history,” Smith said.  

“I just can’t wait to get going. I’ve come here to try and get an opportunity to play and prove to everyone that I can do it at this level. 

“I spoke to Locks [Tom Lockyer] and he just told me what an amazing football club it is and that the feel for the club is really nice which helped me make the decision to join this club.”

Charlton Athletic Director of Football Steve Gallen said: “He’s a good football player, he can handle the ball, he’s a good passer of the ball, he gets up and down the pitch.

“It’s something we said a lot in the summer about players, he’s got a point to prove. He was very, very keen to come to us, he was pushing to come and have a chance to play and get in our team and prove that he’s a good player at this level, so I’m pleased to get him in.”

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