Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The name's Patrick but call me Paddy

Charlton have made combative defender Patrick 'Paddy' McCarthy their third signing of the summer. The Irish centre-back joined the Addicks from Leicester City for an initial fee of £650,000.

His name has not been mentioned in any of the speculation about signings and he will hopefully give the team some much needed spine. His performances may not be as spectacular as those of Talal El Karkouri, but undoubtedly more consistent.

Dublin-born McCarthy, who has signed a four-year deal, skippered the Foxes last season and made a total of 82 appearances for the club after joining from the Massives in March 2005.

Charlton plc chairman Richard Murray said: 'We're very pleased to make Patrick our latest signing. He has all the right attributes and that fact he was captain of Leicester City shows he is a leader and proven at Championship level.'

In 25 appearances last year he racked up 7 yellows and a red and some Foxes think he was a liability. On the other hand, centre backs tend to get a lot of cards because of their role which sometimes mean 'stop at all costs to prevent a goal'. He probably has no more of a disciplinary problem than Johnnie Robinson.


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