Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm the loan signing of Jayden Stockley from Preston North End until the end of the season.
The striker scored an impressive 35 goals in 68 League Two games for Exeter City between 2017 and 2019 earning a move to Preston. The 27-year-old becomes the Addicks third signing of the transfer window following the arrivals of sharpshooter Ronnie Schwartz and Canadian international Liam Millar.
Charlton Manager, Lee Bowyer, explained he was delighted to beat competition from other League One sides to bring in Stockley. He said: "There was a lot of interest in him, he's a good striker and normally in these transfer windows good strikers don't become available. I've got a good relationship with Peter Ridsdale at Preston and I have to thank him for his help and obviously the manager and their owner. He's a Championship striker and with their help and a lot of our persistence, we were able to fend off interest from other clubs.
"We know what problems he caused us last season, so I'm delighted to have him here. With his experience, his goals, he is definitely going to add to us."
Stockley trained with his new teammates on Friday morning. He explained he can’t wait to get started: "I'm very proud to be a Charlton player, it is something that has been going on in the background for a few days now. It feels great to finally be here.
"Looking at the way Charlton play and where they are in the league table and the excitement that brings and the potential of what can happen are factors that drew me to coming here.
"Being at The Valley is great, I'd forgotten how big it was. I just want to get onto the pitch now, I hope to create some very good memories here for the remainder of the season."
Owner Thomas Sandgaard was pleased to add to the club’s attacking options. He said: “It’s great we have been able to bring in another prolific striker to the club. Jayden has shown he can score goals and gives us more options going forwards. Interest in Jayden was high, so I am delighted we have been able to bring him to Charlton. We have a strikeforce that will be the envy of many teams in our division, so I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.”
Stockley was signed in time for Saturday’s game against Swindon Town, which is available on Charlton TV’s Valley Pass Live. Click here to purchase your pass for Saturday’s game.
The striker’s first interview as a Charlton player will be available to watch on Charlton TV’s Valley Pass Live ahead of Tuesday’s game against Milton Keynes Dons. Click here to purchase your pass for Tuesday’s game.