Olly Groome reports
Charlton have signed Zak Ansah on a two-year deal, the club announced on Friday afternoon.
The 20-year-old came through the youth ranks at Arsenal and arrives at The Valley following his release from the Gunners.
The pacy forward impressed at all levels as he progressed through the North London club’s academy and was rewarded with a place on the bench during Arsenal’s Champions League clash at Olympiakos in December 2012.
He has also represented England at U16 and U17 level and was called up for Ghana U20s as they prepared for last year’s FIFA U20 World Cup in Turkey.
Sidcup-born Ansah will join up with Jason Euells’ development squad in pre-season and becomes the second young prospect to join the club this summer following last month’s arrival of Kurtis Cumberbatch.
And Senior Professional Development Coach (U28-U21) Euell was delighted that the Addicks were able to seal the youngster’s signature.
He said: “When a player of his calibre becomes available you can’t ignore it.
“I have a good relationship with his dad [former Southend United midfielder Andy Ansah] so I know what he’s about and what sort of a player he is and with him being a local lad we wanted to get him in as quickly as possible.”
“We’ve looked at what Zak brings to us as a player and he fits in with how the club want to move forward,” continued Euell.
“He’ll be 21 come the end of the season and he’s the sort of player that, we hope, can make a difference to our first-team.”