Friday, April 13, 2007

Charlton in for 'Joxer'?

The Irish media are increasingly running stories that Charlton may be interested in recruiting Bohemians' striker John Paul Kelly. With Mark Kinsella now playing a role in the Charlton set up, links with Ireland could be revived.

The 19 year-old 'Joxer' has won Ireland caps at various under age levels and has captained his country at under-19 level. Originally with Lourdes Celtic, he joined Liverpool’s academy – headed up by former Irish international and Warwick University Economics and Politics graduate Steve Heighway – in 2003 where he was regarded as one of the most promising players. It is said that he makes up for any lack of physique with his busy football brain, an eye for goal and sheer skill (have we heard that before?). He made an immediate impression on his début for Bohs as a substitute v. Derry City in April 2005. Recognised at the FAI Awards in 2006 as Ireland’s under-19 international player of the year, 'Joxer' captained the Ireland under-21 side in all three of their games in the Madeira tournament in February/March 2007.

I'm back in circulation again, if exhausted, and will be writing Charlton stories. After the Chilean delegate with the bandaged hand delivered a humble apology, a fourteen page Memorandum of Agreement was signed this morning, although I thought the statement that the Chilean minister at the presidency we had dealt with in the past had 'disappeared' was very unfortunate. At least I know why Colombian crossover artist starts 'My Hips Don't Lie' with the injunction 'No fighting, no fighting.' I think that Shakira could induce me to learn Spanish, but it looks as if I am going to have to do that anyway.


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