Charlton Athletic Defender Set For League One Move

Charlton Athletic defender Sam Lavelle is closing in on a move to fellow League One side Carlisle United, according to South London Press Journalist Richard Cawley.

The 26-year-old looks set to bolster Paul Simpson’s side ahead of the upcoming campaign, having had a loan spell at Burton Albion last season. The Cumbrians continue to strengthen their squad as they return to the third tier after a nine-year exodus in League Two.

Who is Sam Lavelle?

Born in Blackpool, Lavelle started his career at fellow Lancashire side Blackburn Rovers leaving at the end of the 2015-16 season.

He joined Bolton Wanderers soon after, but was released due to the Wanderers being placed under a transfer embargo due to their administration problems at the time. In an interview, the defender said he had been “left hung out to dry” by the EFL due to him being released at the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

The Scot eventually ended up at Morecambe, becoming club captain as he helped the Shrimps into League One following their Play-Off Final victory against Newport County, with some supporters calling him one of their all-time great players.

The centre-back then joined Charlton on deadline day in 2021 for an undisclosed fee but was often overlooked and eventually was loaned out to Burton last season.

However, his season and loan spell was cut short due to a shoulder injury.

Writer’s View

Carlisle are getting a centre half that will absolutely improve them for sure. He knows the level well, and he will add much needed depth to Paul Simpson’s side, who have already brought back returning loanee Ben Barclay on a permanent deal. Whilst he may have underwhelmed at The Addicks and only played two games for Burton during his loan spell, he excelled for Morecambe, so I see it as a low risk signing.

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