Darius Charles Player Profile
Debut: Stockport County (H, 3-1), 21/08/2010
Having been a long-time admirer, Graham Westley wasted no time in securing the services of Darius Charles ahead of Stevenage’s first season in the Football League. He was bought for an undisclosed fee from Ebbsfleet United during the 2010 close season.
Charles started his football career as a youth player at Brentford in 2004 and broke into the first team as an 18 year old in 2005. Having failed to impress at Griffin Park, he was sent on loan to Thurrock in 2006 and it took him spells at four other clubs before he found his feet at Ebbsfleet United.
The move to Ebbsfleet was made permanent in 2009, and he established himself as a fans’ favourite. With 55 impressive appearances, he earned two call ups to the England C team. Naturally a defender, Charles found himself converted into a striker at Boro’ and chipped in with four goals.
Charles surprised some with his deft touch and pragmatic approach to playing up front. One of his better performances was saved for the npower League Two playoff final. A goal was unforthcoming in that game, but he was instrumental in Boro’s attack play – highlighting his versatility.