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Charlton Cole Confirmed!

League 1 club, Charlton Athletic have completed the loan signing of Clarets defender Leon Cort following earlier speculation this morning in the local South London media.

The former Crystal Palace and Stoke 31 year old will now spend a season at The Valley.

Cort is a Londoner himself, born in Southwark so was obviously tempted by such a move.

Speaking about the move, Cort said:

"It's a fantastic move for me. Charlton are a massive club.

"When I found out they were interested in me, I was interested straight away. It's a club with real ambition."

Cort was one of Brian Laws early signings and came to Burnley in a 1.5million transfer from Stoke in January 2010. He struggled though to gain a regular place in the team and last season spent a period out on loan to Preston.

Most Clarets fans have been dismissive of the centre back and will not be shedding too many tears now that the deal has been done. Cort clearly does not feature in Burnley's plans with Barry Kilby saying recently, it would be better both for the player and club if they parted company.

In some ways a loan might be viewed as a disappointment but either way the club look unlikely to ever recoup the 1.5 million they forked out on him.His contract was for three-and-a-half years too so he could be on the books until the summer of 2013 if no club shows any interest in signing him permanently.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 29 2011

Time: 10:55AM

Your Comments

Wonder why nobody seems prepared to offer a permanent deal? Is he really that bad? Clearly we need to get him off the books as soon as possible with our current financial situation. Just wonder what salary he was on and if that has been half the problem
turfmanphil
Wonder why nobody seems prepared to offer a permanent deal? Is he really that bad? Clearly we need to get him off the books as soon as possible with our current financial situation. Just wonder what salary he was on and if that has been half the problem
turfmanphil
Think his salary is most certainly the stumbling block in gaining a permanent deal elsewhere, he is clearly not in our plans and if a loan deal is the only alternative then so be it, can't see Charlton paying all his wages though but it gives him a chance to put himself in the shop window and see what happens in January, that's if the rumour turns out to be true?
8clarets8
Think his salary is most certainly the stumbling block in gaining a permanent deal elsewhere, he is clearly not in our plans and if a loan deal is the only alternative then so be it, can't see Charlton paying all his wages though but it gives him a chance to put himself in the shop window and see what happens in January, that's if the rumour turns out to be true?
8clarets8
Cort set to confirm move to Charlton this afternoon according to Chris Boden at BE on Twitter
turfmanphil
Cort set to confirm move to Charlton this afternoon according to Chris Boden at BE on Twitter
turfmanphil
Looks to have joined Charlton on a season long loan.
8clarets8
Looks to have joined Charlton on a season long loan.
8clarets8
good look to him, will probably do really well there.
cubanclaret
good look to him, will probably do really well there.
cubanclaret
Confirmed i was just looking on the bbc football transfer page to see his name there. Have to say i wasn't a big fan but Good luck to him.
ruane
Confirmed i was just looking on the bbc football transfer page to see his name there. Have to say i wasn't a big fan but Good luck to him.
ruane
What is this guy like...what are his strenths and weaknesses...if he cost 1.5 surely he must be a decent player....mind you Charlton bought some right rubbish when in the premiership, sometimes you take a chance on a player and it all works out then again sometimes it doesn't anyway lads let me have your views, then again he does not appear to have played many games and maybe you have no idea what he's like...best wishes to you for the comming season
weloveyoucharlton
What is this guy like...what are his strenths and weaknesses...if he cost 1.5 surely he must be a decent player....mind you Charlton bought some right rubbish when in the premiership, sometimes you take a chance on a player and it all works out then again sometimes it doesn't anyway lads let me have your views, then again he does not appear to have played many games and maybe you have no idea what he's like...best wishes to you for the comming season
weloveyoucharlton
He was out on loan at Preston last season weloveyoucharlton and they seemed to rate him, a lot of Clarets never took to him with him being our former managers signing (Brian Laws). hopefully he can get back on track at your place, good luck to him and good luck with your season.
8clarets8
He was out on loan at Preston last season weloveyoucharlton and they seemed to rate him, a lot of Clarets never took to him with him being our former managers signing (Brian Laws). hopefully he can get back on track at your place, good luck to him and good luck with your season.
8clarets8
Good deal for both clubs, Hope he does well and they take him off our hands for good.
Grimsby Claret
Good deal for both clubs, Hope he does well and they take him off our hands for good.
Grimsby Claret
Just never hit it off at Turf Moor Weloveyouc but I am sure he will do well somewhere and I hope its with you. Yep, Preston fans rated him last season as 8c8 says. Think he may have lost his confidence a bit playing for Burnley with the crowd on his back in the few games he did play.Did seem a bit error prone at times and he was brought to Turf Moor because he could hopefully add some weight up front from set pieces too but again not much success in that department. A new start will probably do him a power of good
turfmanphil
Just never hit it off at Turf Moor Weloveyouc but I am sure he will do well somewhere and I hope its with you. Yep, Preston fans rated him last season as 8c8 says. Think he may have lost his confidence a bit playing for Burnley with the crowd on his back in the few games he did play.Did seem a bit error prone at times and he was brought to Turf Moor because he could hopefully add some weight up front from set pieces too but again not much success in that department. A new start will probably do him a power of good
turfmanphil
welove youcharlton I wish him well, it just didn't work for him at Burnley, didnt fit the age range of our new manager, I know he will be back end of the year but good luck to he hope it works for both Charlton and Leon
hollinsclaret
welove youcharlton I wish him well, it just didn't work for him at Burnley, didnt fit the age range of our new manager, I know he will be back end of the year but good luck to he hope it works for both Charlton and Leon
hollinsclaret
Charlton Cole,terrible aint it!! roflmao. Gawd the things editors have to do
turfmanphil
Charlton Cole,terrible aint it!! roflmao. Gawd the things editors have to do
turfmanphil
Yep your getting worse tmp ;-)
8clarets8
Yep your getting worse tmp ;-)
8clarets8
Aye sorry! Someone told me to lighten up and stop being so negative so that's what happens when I listen to folk! titter!!
turfmanphil
Aye sorry! Someone told me to lighten up and stop being so negative so that's what happens when I listen to folk! titter!!
turfmanphil
Titter or Twitter :D
8clarets8
Titter or Twitter :D
8clarets8
He is not as bad as some make out. We have had error prone centre backs like Caldwell, Carlisle and Duff so when we bought another and we were in the PL all hell broke loose against him. Will do well for Charlton and I wish him all the luck in the world.
VinRogue
He is not as bad as some make out. We have had error prone centre backs like Caldwell, Carlisle and Duff so when we bought another and we were in the PL all hell broke loose against him. Will do well for Charlton and I wish him all the luck in the world.
VinRogue
Turf man fantastic headline read it 20 times and it still gets me excited thinking were signing Carlton Cole !!!! genius
hollinsclaret
Turf man fantastic headline read it 20 times and it still gets me excited thinking were signing Carlton Cole !!!! genius
hollinsclaret
Thanks for info...looks like a player who needs an arm around him to get some confidence back...maybe if we are successful this season it will rub off on him and help restore his confidence...all the best to you all....
weloveyoucharlton
Thanks for info...looks like a player who needs an arm around him to get some confidence back...maybe if we are successful this season it will rub off on him and help restore his confidence...all the best to you all....
weloveyoucharlton
P.S. sorry it was not a deal for Carlton Cole...he would have been a nice signing....funnily enough when we were in the Premiership he was on loan to us for a while and he was a bit tasty!
weloveyoucharlton
P.S. sorry it was not a deal for Carlton Cole...he would have been a nice signing....funnily enough when we were in the Premiership he was on loan to us for a while and he was a bit tasty!
weloveyoucharlton
Cheers WLYC! Good luck too, I need as many London clubs in the Champs as possible. Easy peasy away games for me (live in Cambs ca 1-2 hour by train)
turfmanphil
Cheers WLYC! Good luck too, I need as many London clubs in the Champs as possible. Easy peasy away games for me (live in Cambs ca 1-2 hour by train)
turfmanphil
 

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