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14-Jul 20:57, by Ketts

Nicky Ajose has joined Bury on a season long loan.

Nicky Ajose has ‎joined home town club, Bury, on a season long loan.

Ajose joined the Addicks from Swindon a year ago, but has never really settled at The Valley. Russell Slade did not seem a huge fan, and Karl Robinson allowed the striker to rejoin Swindon on loan in January.

He scored 5 goals in 15 games for the Wiltshire club, and had peviously netted 6 times in 17 league starts for Charlton.‎

Ajose joined the Addicks after scoring 24 goals in League One from 38 games for Swindon in the 2015/16 season.

He is a former Manchester United trainee who, in a previous loan spell with Bury, scored 13 goals in 22 league games for the Shakers.‎

‎It was hard to see how Ajose would have fitted into Karl Robinson's favoured 4-2-3-1 system, so the deal probably suits both parties.

Here is what the manager had to say about the move:

"‎Nicky came in and worked hard in pre-season. I sat down with him and he said this was something he wanted, so I told him I wasnt going to stand in his way."

Ajose flew out to Marbella to join his new colleagues on Friday evening.

He will replace James Vaughan - who has joined Sunderland -‎ at Gigg Lane.

Lee Clark was delighted to bring in a replacement so quickly, and said this about his new striker:

"Weve managed to get the lad on the plane this evening and he will join us for training while here in Marbella because I want him to get in a couple of sessions.

"I think the fans will be extremely happy when they see Nicky Ajose coming in to replace James Vaughan.

"Hes a local lad, hes played for the club before and he has been a goalscorer all his career.

"He has a terrific goalscoring record and comes back to us with a great pedigree and I believe he will fit in with the group really well."

‎Ajose was a high earner and freeing up some of his wages should allow Robinson more leeway to add to his squad.

 

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