MAXWELL PUTS HIS BEST FOOT FOR­WARD

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dan Barnes

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.”

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