Anglo – Nigerian shot-stopper Edward Ogbebor-Onaiwu has ended speculation about his future by penning a two-and-a-half-year contract with English Championship outfit Charlton Athletic.
After being linked with a plethora of teams in the EPL including Manchester United, Liverpool and Newcastle United, the deal that will see him remain at The Valley until the summer of 2017 went through on Tuesday.
In his first words after completing the transfer, Ogbebor-Onaiwu told SL10.ng :”I have signed a two-and-a-half year deal, and there is a possibility I will stay longer if I perform up to standards.
”I picked Charlton Athletic Football Club because it’s a great club to be at where they look after you, it’s like my family somewhere.
”I have settled in quickly. The best thing about the club is giving the young players a chance in the first team.”
The Charlton Athletic youth – team coaches had watched the Nigeria Under 17 national team invitee at close quarters for few weeks before reaching a decision on whether to offer him a contract.
And the 14-year-old goalkeeper has admitted that he was well taken care of during his probationary period.
”They were very nice, I couldn’t have asked for any better love. The staff and the players around always wanted to get the best out of me.
”I give all thanks to God for His work, with God all things are possible, and thanks to my parents too,”
The ex Crystal Palace goalie would have been in Nigeria now undergoing another round of trials with the country’s Under 17 team if not for an expired travel document.
Edward Ogbebor-Onaiwu has cited Manuel Neuer and Thibaut Courtois as his role models.