Gary Haines reports
Charlton have taken steps to shore up their injury-hit rearguard by sealing a loan deal for Southampton defender Dan Seaborne, the club announced on Friday.
The 25-year-old, who can play in the heart of the defence and at left-back, joins the Addicks on a one-month loan until December 8th, and goes straight into Chris Powell’s squad for Sunday’s Championship clash at Bristol City (3pm).
Promoted from the second tier last season with the Saints, Seaborne has played in the club’s three Capital One Cup matches this season, most recently the 3-0 defeat against Leeds United on October 30th.
The six-foot-three defender, who will wear the number 25 shirt vacated by former loan midfielder Abdul Razak, has previously seen service at Exeter City, and played alongside new teammate Matt Taylor during his time at St James’ Park.
Charlton currently have just one fit senior full-back on their books in the shape of Chris Solly after a wretched run of injury misfortune that has seen Cedric Evina and Lawrie Wilson recently join Rhoys Wiggins in the treatment room.
Wiggins is recovering from two fractured metatarsals, while fellow left-sider Evina suffered a knee injury in training last week and versatile right-back Wilson injured the quad muscle in his left thigh during the defeat to Middlesbrough at the start of the month.
Boss Chris Powell has turned to midfielder Salim Kerkar and Solly to plug the left-sided gap in the past two games, with centre-back Michael Morrison switching to a right-back role against Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
Barnstable-born Seaborne was a trainee at Exeter and went on to skipper the Grecians and played a part – alongside Taylor – as the club soared from the Conference to League One in successive seasons.
After loan spells at Clyst Rovers, Tiverton Town and Taunton Town, he netted his first goal in his third senior start, in a 4-0 win against Crawley Town in April 2006.
Another loan spell at Dorchester Town was ended after he sustained a broken leg, but he and Taylor were in the Exeter backline when City defeated Cambridge United in the Conference play-off final in 2008.
Seaborne netted on his Football League debut, a 1-1 League Two draw at Darlington, and the Grecians went on to clinch a second successive promotion.
He was signed for Southampton by former Charlton boss Alan Pardew in January 2010 for an undisclosed fee, and debuted in a 1-1 draw at Millwall, later playing against the Addicks in a 1-0 win at St Mary’s in the same season.
Seaborne’s penchant for promotion continued along the south coast when the Saints moved up to the Championship in 2011 – and he has four elevations in five seasons on a successful CV after the club clinched a return to the Premier League last term.
His Championship progress last season stalled when he was the victim of an assault that left him with serious head injuries, but he has played in the League Cup against Stevenage, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United this term.