CHARLTON SWITCH FOR CORY GIBBS

Cory Gibbs has signed a contract with English club subject to the issuance of a work permit. The 26-year-old American, who was loaned out to ADO Den Haag this season, is certainly happy with how things have panned out. ‘It has always been a dream of mine to play in England,' says the defender, who is also set to represent his country in the upcoming World Cup.

News of the US international’s availability attracted a lot of attention for the other end of the Channel Tunnel, with Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Reading all interested in signing the player. Gibbs ultimate opted for the London club. ‘I was flattered by all the interest, but I was most impressed by the representatives from Charlton and Chairman Richard’s plans for the further development of this club. I’m convinced that I’m signing for an ambitious club that is hungry for success.’

Cory Gibbs arrived in Rotterdam in January 2005 and soon captured a first-team place under Ruud Gullit. But the American was seriously injured on international duty in the summer and thus missed the entire first half of the season. Erwin Koeman was forced to look elsewhere and André Bahia became his preferred start in that position. After his recovery Gibbs was farmed out to ADO Den Haag in January 2006. 

All told, Gibbs played fifteen league games for Feyenoord.

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