Bromley FC have announced the signing of 24-year-old central midfielder Ashley Charles from fellow National League side Wealdstone.
The Ravens have paid an undisclosed fee, perhaps reinvesting some of the money they received for Ben Krauhaus, in order to bring the Grenada to South East London.
In his relatively short career to date, Charles has never ventured far from London, coming through the youth system at Watford before going out on loan to Barnet in the second half of the 2018/19 season.
Upon his release from Watford in the summer of 2019, Charles moved to Barnet’s National League rivals Wealdstone. He made nine appearances in a stop-start first season at Grosvenor Vale.
The central midfielder was loaned out to Concord Rangers in the 2020/21 season in order to get match fitness before he broke into the Wealdstone team.
Charles has since made 121 league appearances for the Stones, scoring two goals in the fifth division as he became an increasingly important player with each passing season.
Andy Woodman’s Bromley side currently sit in second place in the National League table despite a slow start to the season and they will be hopeful of achieving promotion to the EFL via the playoffs.
Charles is yet another astute signing for a Bromley side who looked slightly light in central midfield after Lewis Leigh’s loan deal expired at the start of the month. Being just 24-years-old, the man with three caps for Grenada will also provide good resale value for the Ravens, something that has been key to their model of growth in recent years.
He joins Bromley from a Wealdstone side who were renowned for playing eye-catching football under Stuart Maynard and he should be able to provide a good balance of robustness and technique in the centre of the park.