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Former Sheffield Wednesday and Derby striker training with League One side



Charlton boss Karl Robinson has confirmed that free agent Leon Best is training with the club ahead of a potential move, in an interview with the club’s official website.

The former Republic of Ireland striker has been without a club since his release from Ipswich in the summer, but could earn himself terms with the London based side if he impresses during his trial period.

Best has played for a whole host of clubs during his time in football, including Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, and the 31-year-old could add the Addicks to his long list of employers in the coming weeks.

Born in Nottingham, Best spent his younger years on the books at Notts County before switching to Southampton, where he made his first team debut in 2004.

Failing to really settle at any club during his career, Best has been sent out on no less than eight loan spells, but could find a permanent home with Robinson’s side for the remainder of the season.

Best has fought back well from debilitating knee injuries to continue his career, and will hope he does enough to impress Robinson in the coming weeks.

The Verdict

Best is a solid striker who could really find his feet in League One, and regaining fitness over the coming weeks will be essential if he is to earn a deal with the Charlton.

The player’s most prolific spells came during his time with Newcastle and Coventry City, where the player averaged a goal every four games, and Charlton fans may harbour reservations over the Best’s output during his career.

Charlton are performing well this season and lie just inside the play off places, and the addition of Best has the potential to provide a welcome boost to the squad.

A free agent, the Irishman could represent good value for the Addicks, and Robinson will seriously consider offering the player terms in the next couple of weeks.

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