Twenty three year old George Dobson has signed for Charlton on a two year deal. He began his career as a centre back in Arsenal's Academy but, when he joined West Ham's Academy, they converted him to a defensive midfielder. He can play in either position.
Although he was captain of West Ham's under 21 team he didn't manage to break through at Premier League level but he has good experience of League One, having made 139 appearances altogether. He joined Walsall for whom he played 81 times between 2017-19 and was then signed by Sunderland where he played 29 times in the 2019/20 season. He became a fringe player the following season - making only 5 appearances before joining AFC Wimbledon on loan. He wasn't there for the 5-2 defeat at The Valley but was playing when Nigel Adkins oversaw his first match as Charlton manager when we drew 2-2.
Like fellow new arrival Craig Macgillivray he has expressed his delight at becoming a Charlton player.
“I’m delighted - the size of the club, the manager, the fans – it has everything really. When I found out about the interest it was something that really intrigued and interested me. Then, obviously, once you have the conversation and find out the manager’s aspirations for you, it was a no brainer. I’m delighted to be here and really can’t wait to get started."
Nigel Adkins was enthusiastic:
“George is a player our recruitment team have been looking at very closely and highlighted as one of our priorities. He is a talented midfielder who, despite his young age, has a wealth of experience at this level, so I’m really pleased we’re able to welcome him to The Valley.”
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