Nottingham Forest have signed Charlton Athletic’s Irish goalkeeper Stephen Henderson on a free transfer.The 28-year-old, who has signed a three-year contract, made 22 appearances for the Addicks last season, adding to the Championship experience he picked up at Bristol City, Portsmouth, Ipswich and Bournemouth earlier in his career.
Henderson’s early potential was spotted by Aston Villa, who brought him into their academy in 2005 before he moved on to Bristol City two years later.
He made his senior debut as a substitute against QPR at the start of the 2007-08 season and continued his development with loan spells in the Conference with York and Weymouth.
With first-team opportunities limited at Ashton Gate, Henderson continued to seek experience elsewhere with loans at Aldershot and Yeovil before signing a permanent deal with Portsmouth in 2011.
After battling with Jamie Ashdown for the number-one spot, Henderson made the position his own but Pompey’s financial difficulties opened the door for West Ham to sign him to provide competition for Rob Green.
Following the Hammers’ promotion to the Premier League, Henderson was loaned out to Ipswich, making 24 appearances, before joining Bournemouth the following season. His spell on the south coast ended in untimely fashion when he collided with Simon Cox in a 1-1 draw at Forest in 2013, dislocating his shoulder.
Henderson made a good recovery, however, departing Upton Park for the Valley and playing regularly for the Addicks ever since.
The former Republic of Ireland youth international Henderson now commences a new chapter at The City Ground.
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