Date published: January 20, 2022
Luke Charman has signed for Rochdale AFC from Darlington for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old striker has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract at Crown Oil Arena.
Charman has shown his eye for goal this season, scoring 12 times in 16 National League North games.
Upon joining the club, he said: “I’m excited and can’t wait to get started.
“It’s been a little over a week since I had in mind that I was going to leave [Darlington], and as soon as I got here, I couldn’t wait to go.
“Back in the Football League, that’s where I want to play. Meet Robbie [Stockdale], speaking of the good dressing room we have, the style of play, it was ultimately an easy decision. A lot of things fit in, and it was a really good option for me.
“He [the manager] said I was coming to play a role, but he also wants me to play my game. I feel like I did pretty well the first half of the season with Darlington, but it was time for me to step through this stage and trying to challenge myself again and get back in the league, that’s where I want to be.”
Charman joined the Newcastle United Academy aged 14, progressing to sign a professional contract with the Premier League side in 2017.
He spent time on loan at Accrington Stanley in the 2018/19 season, before returning to Newcastle to lead their Under-23 side the following campaign.
In the summer of 2020, Charman joined Darlington, scoring six goals in the shortened 2020/21 season.
The former Toon Army man has had a strong start to the season, scoring eight goals in seven straight games in September and October, adding four in as many games in December and January.
He still has two games of a four-match suspension to serve, which has continued since his move to Darlington, meaning he won’t be able to play until Dale travels to Colchester United in early February.