Could new Charlton Athletic signing doom Addicks to League One?

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The arrival of former Wolves captain Roger Johnson spells bad news for Charlton with the defender earning the nickname “Relegation Roger” in the past.

Charlton Athletic may have sealed their fate for the remainder of the season ahead with the recruitment of free agent Roger Johnson.

The club confirmed on its official site that the 31-year-old defender has signed for the the Addicks on a permanent deal until the end of the season and he could play a significant role in the second-half of the campaign ahead – though not necessarily for the right reasons.

Released by previous club Wolverhampton Wanderers in the final few hours of the transfer window, the defender carries something of a footballing stigma with him having previously been dubbed “Relegation Roger”.

The unfortunate moniker stems from a three-year period during which the player suffered three consecutive relegations – something no defender wants on their CV.

It started at Birmingham City with Johnson part of the Blues squad that won the League Cup in 2011 but also slipped down into the Championship.

The Ashford-born player remained in the Premier League, however, switching the Midlands rivals Wolves, though he did not fare much better with Wanderers relegated at the end of the 2012 campaign.

Worse was to come in the second tier however with Wolves suffering yet another relegation, this time to League One, the following year.

Deemed surplus to requirements by those behind the scenes at Molineux, Johnson remained on the books but was subsequently sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and later West Ham.

His Wolves contract had been set to expire this summer but he has now opted to terminate the deal early.

Charlton are currently six points outside the relegation places in the Championship but are in the midst of a miserable run of 13 games without victory and have already sacked one manager this season with Bob Peeters departing the Valley last month.

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