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Done deal: Former Leeds skipper signs three-year contract

By Will Butcher

Charlton have signed former Leeds defender Jason Pearce from Wigan, it was announced on Thursday afternoon.

Pearce, who left Leeds to join Wigan in January 2015 after a three-year spell at Elland Road, has moved to the League One side after penning a three-year deal.

Speaking to Charlton’s official website, boss Russell Slade described the 28-year-old as a warrior and believes Pearce can use his experience with Wigan to help the Addicks gain promotion back to the second tier at the first attempt.

The centre-back donned the white shirt of Leeds for three years, making 113 appearances as well as captaining the side for the first half of the 2014-15 season.

The defender was also runner-up to Ross McCormack at the end of 2013-14 season, for the club’s Player of the Year award.

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Pearce, who is renowned in the Football League as a physically imposing centre-back, has also had spells at Portsmouth and Bournemouth, making an impressive 162 League appearances for the latter in four years with the Cherries.

Leeds’ squad has almost completely changed since Pearce left Elland Road, not least this summer with manager Garry Monk instantly stamping his authority by bringing in seven new faces, most notably Kemar Roofe, Rob Green and Pablo Hernandez.

In other Leeds transfer news, Monk has given a transfer update surrounding the situation of Player of the Season Charlie Taylor.