Charlton Athletic have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Chris Maxwell on loan from English Football League (EFL) Championship outfit Preston North End until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old stopper becomes the EFL League One side's second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Jonny Williams last week.
Athletic manager Lee Bowyer lauded the club's new acquisition as they look to push for promotion to the EFL Championship in the League One second round.
"He’s a very good goalie. We’ve had some great reports back from people and obviously seen him play for ourselves. He’s got good distribution, he’s a good, all-around goalie, so I think he’s going to be very good for us," Bowyer said.
The club's head of recruitment Steve Gallen added: "He’s a powerful boy, which is one thing that really stood out for me. He is really game, athletic, agile, strong. He comes for crosses, he punches a lot and he comes through the crowd and is brave. I think everyone will really like him. From everyone I’ve spoken to, and I’ve met him today, he’s a really nice fella. I think he’ll fit in really, really well."
Maxwell revealed that he wanted to join the former English Premier League club because they are ambitious.
"When I found out that Charlton were interested in me, it was a no-brainer for me. I want to be part of something successful and looking at the group that is here, the manager, the club and how ambitious they are, the infrastructure, it’s a recipe for success and it’s a recipe for success that I want to be a part of," Maxwell said.
Maxwell earned international caps for Wales at Under-17, Under-19, Under-21 and Under23 level and has received senior call-ups for his country, but is yet to make his full international bow.