WEYMOUTH have signed centre-back Nazir Bakrin on a one-month loan from Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic.

Bakrin, 21, is a third-year professional and considered both adept in possession and in aerial duels.

The Englishman, who has dual nationality with Nigeria, made his senior Charlton debut in 2021 during a 1-0 Papa John’s Trophy loss at Leyton Orient.

He helps Weymouth address a sudden defensive shortage with Teddy Howe (suspended) and Calvin Brooks (knee) out, Charlie Rowan (groin) doubtful and Joe Cook having returned to Dorking.

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Bakrin also spent time on loan at Step 3 level in 2022 with Isthmian Premier side Cray Wanderers.

Commenting on his new recruit, Weymouth manager Bobby Wilkinson told Echosport: “He’s a third-year pro and they don’t normally send them out (on loan), so that’s very good for us.

“Powerful, aggressive centre-half. The reason I’ve gone for him is that he’s very good with the ball at his feet but he’s very good in the air as well.

“We went for a specific centre-half and let’s hope he can come in and enjoy playing men’s football.

“I watched him two or three times and you’re hoping he can make that jump. We know it’s very difficult for these lads, we understand that.

“We’re in a situation right now where that’s the market we need to go down. We don’t have the money like a lot of these teams.

“I only got Joe because it was a big favour. We’ve got to go in and ask these clubs to help us out.”

Bakrin could make his debut at Chelmsford City tomorrow (3pm).