Gary Haines reports
Bradley Wright-Phillips has joined Brentford on loan for the rest of the season, the club announced on Tuesday morning.
The striker was Chris Powell’s first signing as a manager when he arrived from Plymouth Argyle for an undisclosed fee in January 2011 and he subsequently netted on his debut against Colchester United.
Wright-Phillips, out of contract at the end of the current campaign, scored in each of his first three games for the club, one of just six men to achieve that feat in the club’s history, and banked nine goals in the second half of the campaign.
The prolific striker bulged the back of the net an impressive 22 times last season, including a first career hat-trick against Chesterfield, but will be forever remembered by Addicks fans for netting the goal that clinched promotion back to the Championship.
He turned the ball home from close range 14 minutes from time at Carlisle United’s Brunton Park, and that 1-0 win sealed a second-tier return with three matches to spare.
Despite firing home in the opening Valley Championship fixture against Leicester City on August 21st, Wright-Phillips has found himself down the striking pecking order in 2012/13 and has not started a league game since the November 3rd defeat against Middlesbrough.
He emerged from the bench in the final stages of last weekend’s 1-0 defeat against Hull City to make his 87th appearance for the club, and has netted 32 times.