No, thank you Josh Cullen
Josh Cullen said his goodbyes to Charlton yesterday, but it is us that should be thanking him. I would firmly put the West Ham midfielder at the top of the list of loan players I have seen come and go in my thirty-plus years as a fan.
Cullen has an undying desire to make it at West Ham and I really hope he does, but wherever he ends up those fan’s will be picking up a gem of a player and a thoughtful and determined young man.
66 games he played for us and in every minute of every game the 24-year old gave his absolute everything in a Charlton shirt. He brought energy, passion and professionalism but most of all despite not being one of ours his biggest quality was that he represented all that you want to see in a Charlton player. A young midfield general who played every game like it was a play-off final.
Thank you for that cross, thank for being proud to wear the Charlton shirt, thank for you for giving us so much pleasure as one of ‘our’ players. You will always be fondly remembered.
Meanwhile as squad numbers are thin on the ground and the club still under a transfer embargo, it was heartening to see Jake Forster Caskey agree to take up his one-year extension. A fit JFC can be very valuable.
The club have said to have made a new contract offer to Tom Lockyer, and Lee Bowyer has publicly stated he’d like to retain Jonny Williams and Naby Sarr. We’ll see.