George Lapslie has followed Dillon Phillips and Lewis Page in signing a contract extension beyond this summer. Lapslie made his debut at Sunderland on opening day and has been a feature of Lee Bowyer’s squad since.
He missed a couple of games due to injuries, best described as those gotten from putting his body onto the line, but the box to box terrier has featured in 16 league games and 3 in the FA Cup.
Lapslie has much to learn, improve and refine, but there is absolutely no doubting his attitude and hard work. Well done George #MadeInCharlton
Meanwhile the following first-teamers will all be available in the summer:
Joe Aribo – vital that we get him to sign a new contract, if for no other reason we get some money for him when he eventually moved on.
Mark Marshall – featured sporadically under Bowyer, even with all of the injury problems
Patrick Bauer – the German has stated that he will not stay beyond his current contract
Jake Forster Caskey – Back in light training and not expected to play again until August. We’ve missed him.
Igor Vetokele – one of the club’s biggest wage earners. Has until now until the season’s end to prove his worth.
Tarique Fosu – a different player to the one we saw last season. Currently out of favour with LB
Jonny Williams – I am sure he’d be hoping for an upgrade if we are not promoted
Nicky Ajose – certain to leave
Ben Reeves – took an age to settle, but featuring a lot more now
Reeco Hackett_Fairchild – unlikely to be retained I would think
Josh Parker – has 13 games to earn a new contract
Ashley Maynard Brewer – would expect a new contract and a spell on loan somewhere
Then Ben Purrington, Chris Maxwell, Krystian Bielik and Jamie Cullen are all on loan.
Very pleased Lapslie has signed I rate him highly I think Hackett-Fairchild may get another year as there is no one else of his age group of any promise as a striker. He could develop into a squad player next season but unlikely to be a first team regular. Will probably go out on loan to a National League club.
Frankly I fear for the club’s future, we need a takeover in the summer to reinvigorate the club.