Motherwell FC is pleased to confirm defender Charles Dunne is the seventh new arrival of the summer.
24-year old Dunne, who operates at left back or left-sided centre back, came through the youth ranks at Wycombe.
He made his senior debut for the Chairboys in 2012, playing 42 times in his rookie season, picking up the club’s ‘Most Improved Young Player’ award at the end of the campaign.
His impressive performances at Adams Park caught the eye of then Championship club Blackpool, and manager Paul Ince paid an undisclosed fee to take the 6ft 2 Republic of Ireland U21 International to Bloomfield Road, although to continue his development he was immediately loaned back to Wanderers.
However, a leg break suffered against Preston North End in the FA Cup curtailed his season.
He would play fairly regularly for the Seasiders in their 2014-15 Championship campaign before eventually leaving the club at the end of the following season, signing for Oldham Athletic in League One by current ‘Well boss Stephen Robinson.
[pullquote]“I’m delighted to have signed my deal with Motherwell and I am really looking forward to working with the manager once again.[/pullquote]
The pacey Dunne made a positive start for the Latics in a team that weren’t winning many games, but were extremely organized defensively; keeping four ‘clean sheets’ in his opening six League One matches.
However, a pelvic injury played havoc with the second half of the season before he was released in the summer.
After passing a medical and having trained with the club for two weeks, Dunne has signed a one-year deal with the opportunity for a second year.
Dunne, who will wear the number 18 shirt this season, told MFC TV on signing his deal: “I’m delighted to have signed my deal with Motherwell and I am really looking forward to working with the manager once again.
“I’ve been with the squad for two weeks now and it’s been fantastic. I’m just looking forward to getting playing again with Motherwell.”
‘Well boss Stephen Robinson added: “Charles is a player who I have worked with before. He’s a big, strong athelte who can play in a number of different defensive positions.
“He adds real pace to the back four and he’ll provide real compeition for places back there. We’ve had him up to assess him over the last few weeks and he’s been outstanding, both on and off the park. We look forward to work with him.”