Sheffield Wednesday: No-nonsense Johnson rejoins Addicks

Roger Johnson
Roger Johnson

Former Owls loanee Roger Johnson has rejoined Charlton Athletic on an 18-month deal.

The uncompromising centre-back, who spent over three months on loan at Wednesday during the 2013/14 campaign, attended the Addicks 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest last weekend.

Johnson, formerly of Wolves and West Ham United, appeared 14 times for the Addicks last term before a spell in India with Pune City, where he worked under former England international David Platt.

The 32-year-old is no stranger to relegation battles. The Addicks are currently second-from-bottom, one point adrift of safety.

Interim head coach Karel Fraeye: “I am very pleased to welcome Roger back to The Valley.

“He’s obviously a player who knows the club and, importantly, knows the league. He did the job last season, he brings a big voice on the pitch and he will bring us the experience we need.”

Meanwhile, Liam Bridcutt has admitted it is time to “move on from Sunderland” as he waits on a possible return to Leeds this month.

The midfielder joined Sunderland from Brighton two years ago when he was reunited with former Seagulls boss Gus Poyet in the north east, but he has not made a single appearance for the Premier League club this season.

The 26-year-old’s loan deal at Elland Road ended after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with MK Dons and he is hopeful he can rejoin Leeds and add to the eight appearances he has made for Steve Evans’ side.

While he concedes that is likely to be on another loan agreement for the remainder of the campaign, Bridcutt would not be averse to a permanent switch either.

“Saturday was officially my last game but we’re in the middle of sorting it out now,” he said. “I’m hoping to extend it until the end of the season.

“I want to extend it and Leeds want me here. It’s just waiting on Sunderland now.

“Game time is the most important thing for me.”