Elliot kisses badge… three weeks before leaving

Robbie Elliot joined his boyhood club Charlton Athletic when he was a teenager and made his début when he was 21-years-old.

He became #1 the following season and stayed there for the following three seasons. “I think the fans can relate to me,” he said after signing a contract extension. “I’m a local lad, a Charlton fan, and last year they could see I cared so much about the club. Being the keeper you often seem to have a special relationship with the fans as they’re so close to the goal. They’ve been brilliant, the atmosphere has been great and we just need to keep it going.”

On the opening day of the 2008-2009 season, Charlton won 3-0 and Elliot kissed the badge.

Then three weeks later, Elliot signed for Newcastle, with Charlton making allegations of him being tapped up.

Addicks chairman Michael Slater told his club’s official website: “It is well known that Rob is in the last year of his contract, but this does not mean that clubs are entitled to approach and speak to him without our authority. At no time did we give Newcastle permission to speak to Rob. Having considered the evidence we have received, we are confident that once the governing body investigates the matter, it will conclude that approaches have been made directly and indirectly to Rob and our complaint will be upheld.”

Newcastle had an £100k offer rejected before he joined them for an undisclosed amount.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of joining a club like Newcastle United,” Elliot said after signing. “This is a huge club and a huge opportunity for me to learn from two of the best keepers in the division.”

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