Feeling for James Walker
How desperately sad for young James Walker. How euphoric must he have been last weekend sat watching his new club with his family only to have his dreams dashed by his heart condition, something that he and Charlton knew about and a predicament that has not hindered his blossoming career so far.
Whether the 'heart anomoly' has worsened or just that club doctors and experts are taking less chances due to recent tragic incidents involving professional footballers, no one knows, although it's the latter I would suspect. His health didn't seem to bother Yeovil whilst he was on loan but they were not insuring the player.
Southend United issued a sensitive and caring statement
on their official website describing it as a "joint statement"
with Charlton, but as yet there is nothing on cafc.co.uk
I am sure all Addicks' fans will join me in wishing James Walker the very best of future health and hope that his dreams are still realised.
Meanwhile another product of the Charlton academy, Osei Sankofa
today went on loan to Brentford. It surprises me that the 22-year old has dropped two levels, particularly after playing 9 Premier League games last season, nonetheless we all hope that he gets as much out of the opportunity that Grant Basey did although it is worth pointing out that the manager has changed since Basey was at Griffin Park.