Charlton Athletic sign former League Two star

Sam Walker, former goalkeeper for Colchester United, has joined Charlton Athletic in League One.

The 32-year-old, who played over 200 times for the U’s, has agreed to a short-term contract with the Addicks until early January.

Walker spent the last two seasons at Scottish team Kilmarnock before departing this summer.

“I’m delighted,” Walker told the Charlton website. This feels fantastic because I’ve been keeping myself sharp and ready for the proper opportunity.

“I spoke with Stephen Henderson, and obviously Harry [Isted] is out for a short while, so they need some cover and someone to come in.”

“I feel ready to contribute to the squad, which is obviously doing very well right now.”

“I knew a couple of the lads anyway, so I came in and fit right in.” “I’m excited to contribute to the team.”


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During his five-and-a-half years at Colchester, Walker became a firm fan favorite.

In January 2013, the 6ft 6in shot-stopper joined the U’s on loan from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Walker joined the club permanently in January 2014, following two loan appearances.

He recovered admirably from a major knee injury suffered in Colchester’s EFL Cup match against Reading in August 2015, which sidelined him for over a year.

Walker has since played for Reading and spent time on loan at both Blackpool and AFC Wimbledon, in League One before joining Kilmarnock in the summer of 2021.

Charlton technical director Andy Scott told the club’s website: “Sam is a very experienced goalkeeper who will push Ash for the first team shirt while Harry is recovering from his injury and then compete with them both.

“He has played a lot of first team football at all levels and has demonstrated maturity and quality in the time he has spent with us and gives us excellent cover in the goalkeeping department.”

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