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Charlton Athletic sign Alan McCormack and Gary Doherty as Frazer Richardson goes to Southampton

By Alex Hoad
Gary Doherty
Gary Doherty

Charlton have made their first summer signings by bringing in midfielder Alan McCormack and defender Gary Doherty.

But, as the pair arrived at The Valley, right-back Frazer Richardson moved to Southampton in a £450,000 deal.

The 26-year-old McCormack arrives as a free agent after leaving Southend by mutual consent after four seasons.

Charlton manager Phil Parkinson said: "I'm really pleased to have Alan on board.

"The thing that struck me about him more than anything else was his hunger. Anyone I bring into this club this summer, whether it's a member of staff or a player, has got to relish the challenge, as I am doing, because it's going to be a challenge this season.”

Doherty (pictured), who was out-of-contract, won the League 1 title with Norwich City last season and has signed a two-year deal.

Parkinson said: "He's an experienced centre-back with great quality and I'm delighted he's agreed to join us.

"Of all the centre-backs out there in the summer he was the one I targeted. It's taken a while to do the deal for various reasons.

"From day one, Gary expressed his interest in coming to Charlton. He wants to be a part of what we hope is going to be a successful season."

Richardson links up with former Addicks boss Alan Pardew having made 40 appearances in his one season at the club.

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