Charlton Athletic are set to confirm the addition of former Portsmouth goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray after he passed a medical with the club, according to BBC reporter Andrew Moon.
The 28-year-old played in all 46 League One games for Pompey last season, keeping 15 clean sheets and he was also named the club’s Player of the Season after his excellent performances.
Despite that though, MacGillivray wasn’t offered an extension to his contract and Danny Cowley is set to replace him with Manchester City starlet Gavin Bazunu, who is very close to sealing a season-long move to Fratton Park.
MacGillivray hasn’t been short of suitors following the news that his deal wouldn’t be renewed, and it looks like he’s found a new home at The Valley.
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Nigel Adkins’ interest in the Scot has been apparent for over a month, but with last season’s first-choice stopper Ben Amos departing for Wigan Athletic the need for a new goalkeeper was accelerated.
And it looks like the Addicks have landed their man, with a deal all-but done and set to be announced by the London club.
This looks to be a very shrewd signing for Charlton and a real bargain one at that.
MacGillivray was one of League One’s best goalkeepers last season and for financial reasons, Portsmouth didn’t decide to take up the option in his contract to extend it by another year.
That could end up being a bad decision at the end of next season should Charlton gain promotion to the Championship and Pompey don’t – and it’s unlikely that the Addicks will be paying MacGillivray huge wages to do his job.
Pompey may be bringing in a young talent like Bazunu from the Premier League champions but he has big shoes to fill after the performances that the 28-year-old put in at Fratton Park last season – Portsmouth’s loss though is Charlton’s massive gain.