Southend United attempted to make a last minute swoop to secure the services of Paul Benson but could not afford him given salary caps in League 2:
This means that three League 2 club were interested in securing his services with Phil Parkinson's Bradford City being disappointed and the lucky winners being Paolo di Canio's Rocking Robins.
As the Southend article points out, he is a proven goal scorer at League 2 level. However, defences are of a higher standard in League 1, indeed that is probably one of the biggest differences between the two divisions.
It is evident that Benson has a decent salary, which is fair enough. There are a few Addicks who think he should have been kept at The Valley as cover, but provided we don't pick up any more injuries Paul Hayes does a decent job in that role, particularly if you look at assists rather than goals scored.