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Born: 10 Dec 1987
Where: Ealing, London
Joined Wycombe: June 2018 - Free from Wimbledon.|
Wycombe debut: Wycombe 2 Fulham 1 - F.L. Trophy - 18 Sep 2018
Contracted until June 2019 - released May 2019.
Re-joined Wycombe: 15 August 2019 - Unattached
Contracted until January 2020.
Career summary at Wycombe.
7 appearances - 0 goals
until end of 2018/19 season.
Announced as Wanderers' first close-season signing on 15 June 2018 - moving to Adams Park on an one year deal following his release from fellow 'League One' side Wimbledon. Aged 30 at the time of the deal, Charles' preferred position is central defender but has also played at left-back, left of midfield and as a centre-forward. The former Brentford youth-teamer came to Wycombe best known for his time at Stevenage and Wimbledon.
Having progressed through the youth set-up at Brentford, he made his First Team debut on the final day of the 2004/5 season at the age of 17. However, the following season he made just three further appearances for The Bees before being loaned out to Thurock in the Conference South. Further loan spells followed at Staines Town, Crawley Town, Sutton United and Ebbsfleet. He signed a permanent deal with Ebbsfleet in January 2009.
His move to Stevenage came in May 2010, going to make 170 First Team appearances before signing for Burton Albion in May 2015 shortly after their promotion to 'League One'. However, he failed to make the First Team with The Brewers and was loaned out to Wimbledon in March 2016 for the remainder of the 2015/16 season - appearing in The Dons Play-Off victory over Plymouth Argyle at Wembley Stadium.
Signed a permanent deal with Wimbledon in May 2016 and was a regular in their side until he was released from his contract at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. His move to Wycombe sees him re-united with former Wimbledon teammate Adebayo Akinfenwa and also former Brentford Youth Team coach Richard Dobson.
Commenting on the deal, Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "Darius is a player Iíve admired for a number of years so Iím delighted to bring him here. Heís a strong, powerful centre half who also provides cover at left-back and he can also play up front which could be a useful weapon to have. He knows a few of the lads already and heís got a great character which will enable him to settle in quickly and adapt to the way we do things.Ē
Meanwhile, Charles commented: ďIíve known Gareth and particularly Richard [Dobson] for a long time and Iíve always admired the work theyíve done here, so it was an easy decision for me to sign here.". He added: "Iím definitely a centre-half. Thatís where I enjoy playing. These days, footballers have to be versatile and Iím sure my versatility could come in useful during the season."
When on to make just five League and two cup appearances for Wanderers during 2018/19 after a season affected by a hip injury. The Club announced on 8th May 2019 that the player would be released at the end of his contract.
After training with Wanderers in pre-season 2019/20 and playing as a trialist in pre-season friendlies, it was announced on 15th August 2019 that the now 31 year-old had signed a 'short-term' at Adams Park running until January 2020. Commenting on the re-signing, Gareth Ainsworth said: "It was really hard to see Darius going through his injury problems last season, not just because we knew heís an important part of the team when heís involved, but also because I know it affected him personally and could have ended his career prematurely. However, heís shown immense strength of character to come through it, and worked incredibly hard to go through his rehab and get himself fit. He played in a couple of friendlies and came through them unscathed, and Iím delighted that he has this opportunity now to prolong his career and show people what a talented defender he really is."
References and further reading:
Darius Charles signs - official website - 15 August 2019
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