Charlton Athletic issued a statement regarding Corey Blackett-Taylor’s departure to Pride Park. The club made several “very attractive” new contract offers to keep him at The Valley.
Andy Scott, the Addicks’ technical director, claims Derby County paid a “sizeable” loan fee for the winger. Blackett-Taylor joined the Rams on an introductory basis.
Loan deal until the end of the season before signing a permanent contract at Pride Park in the summer.
“We’d like to thank Corey for his contribution to Charlton during his time here,” Scott stated. “We made Corey a number of extremely enticing contract offers this season, but he was quite clear that he wanted to go closer to home, and Derby was his first option.
“With his contract scheduled to expire at the end of the season, it was critical that we secure the best offer for the club in this situation.
“We’ve been able to negotiate a sizeable loan fee which will go into the continual improvements we are looking to make to the men’s first-team squad.”
Blackett-Taylor might make his League One debut when the Rams meet Reading on Tuesday night. They might rise to the top of the standings with a victory over the Royals.
“The league position is a big factor to why I came,” said Blackett-Taylor. “I looked at the table and I believe I can add a lot to the team and help them get into the higher leagues so that was a big part in my decision making to come.”
“There was interest last summer but I’m just happy to be here now and finally get it done,” he added, speaking to the club.
“It’s a massive club, everyone knows that. I’m happy to be on board. I believe in the project for the next 12 to 18 months and I feel like this will be a place where not only will I have a chance to play in a higher league but also develop as a player as well.”