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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.

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  1. Daniel Hill #

    As a West Ham fan, and Charlton my second team (my best mate’s team), I’m glad to read this, as I felt he did well for you over both seasons and am sad that his Charlton adventure is likely over. Thanks for making him a better player, and let’s hope he can make his way into our squad for next year. He’s the perfect longer term replacement for Mark Noble. Wishing you all the best, and look forward to seeing you promoted again next year.

    COYA

    August 2, 2020
    • Much appreciated Daniel. I have a load of disillusioned West Ham mates and Cullen is one of your own. He deserves a chance and would help inspire better days for Hammers’ fans.

      August 2, 2020
  2. Norfolk Red #

    I totally agree. Josh is clearly West Ham through and through and he fully wants and deserves a consistent run in the WHU first team. Had WHU been relegated then l think he would have got his chance but l can’t  see that happening now, which is a shame. He has plied his trade with integrity, honesty, commitment, determination, talent, technical ability, composure and a great work ethic. His professional conduct is also first class and, unlike some of our contracted player’s, he showed how a professional footballer should conduct himself. Josh didn’t have to extend his contract in order to play the remaining games after lockdown but he wanted to finish the job which is commendable. If West Ham don’t  want to make use of his considerable talents then l know a Manager and supporters in South London that would welcome Josh back with open arms. It’s  been a joy to watch Josh develop into a fine player at Charlton and l wish him the very best of luck in his career. Thank you Josh. Top bloke!

    August 2, 2020

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