DONE DEAL | Wembley hero Ben Purrington signs on a permanent deal

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Wembley goalscorer Ben Purrington has returned to Charlton, signing a three-year deal with the club.

The left-back, who netted the all-important equaliser against Sunderland on May 26th, becomes Lee Bowyer’s fourth summer signing joining the Addicks from Rotherham United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old made 21 appearances after joining Charlton on loan in January and played a big part in the team’s very impressive defensive record – the Addicks conceded just 12 times with Purrington in the side.

Purrington flew out to the team’s training camp in Malaga on Tuesday where he completed a medical before finalising the paperwork for the transfer.

After taking part in his first training session back with the club, he said: "It’s a great feeling to be back with the boys. I see that same togetherness feel that we had last year. I’ve seen that straight away with a hard session today.

"It’s a pleasure to be back, I can’t wait to get started. There is no better feeling now than being back especially after the unbelievable year we had last year."

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Bowyer added: "It’s great to have Ben back, he did so well for us last season. He came in during January and in total I think we lost two games the whole time he was with us and he scored at Wembley.

"He’s great, has a great attitude, he’s young, he wants to learn and he’s a winner, so all the boxes were ticked with Ben.

"He knows the group already, so that’s an advantage, so it was a nice surprise for the lads when he rocked up for lunch this afternoon."

Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen said: "He fitted in so well last year. The manager was keen to have him back, I was keen to have him back, the players will be delighted when they all see him. I’m sure the fans will be happy as well. He’s a good player who kept improving as the weeks went on right up to the last game when I thought he was excellent."

Purrington began his career with Plymouth Argyle where he played 52 games in League Two before earning a move to Rotherham United. He played 10 games for them in the Championship and then 10 games for them in League One before his successful loan spell with AFC Wimbledon last season attracted the interest of Gallen and Bowyer.

Charlton season tickets are back on sale and until July 8th the club are offering Championship football at League One pricing.

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