MAXWELL PUTS HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD
KEEPER Chris Maxwell is hoping to provide an almighty helping hand to Charlton – with his feet.
The 28-year-old Welshman has joined the Addicks on loan until the end of the season from Preston as Lee Bowyer continues to bolster his promotion-chasing squad, having also pulled off deals for attacking midfielder Jonny Williams, 25, and 22-year-old fullback Ben Purrington on loan from Rotherham.
Maxwell has replaced Jed Steer, who was recalled by Aston Villa at the end of last year, and believes that he has arrived at The Valley ready to make a well-rounded impact.
“Modern-day goalkeepers need to be good with their feet – it is a big part of the game and something that has changed drastically in that position in the last 10 or 15 years,” said Maxwell.
“I’ve worked on it really hard since a young age.
“It’s my belief that is the way the game should be played. Goalkeepers are becoming more of an outfield player. It allows a team to play through the thirds.
“The practice thing is massive. A lot of what a goalkeeper does is reactive, and there are possibly only two things you can work on – which are distribution, and then your strength and power.
“There are no excuses for a goalkeeper not to be strong in those areas.”
Meanwhile, Charlton’s head of recruitment Steve Gallen is expecting left-back Purrington, who began his career at Plymouth, to hit the ground running.
“He’s consistent. He’s got a nice left foot, he’s a big lad, so he’ll help us physically and with set-pieces in both boxes,” he said. “He’s got a nice left foot – he gets forward.
“I think what Lee in particular liked about him is his ball-retention. He keeps the ball very, very well and he’s a good, steady consistent performer.”
CHANCE: Chris Maxwell