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Open to offers for Davison and JFC

Hot on the news of the club open to selling Jake Forster Caskey, it is also appears that Josh Davison could also be gone by the time the transfer window is closed.

JFC was only offered a new contract a few months back after fighting back from another long-term injury. None of us really know if the 2020/21 POTY can rediscover that form, but central midfield is an area where the squad is more than adequate and it looks as if Ben Garner would rather move JFC on over Albie Morgan and Alex Gilbey.

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Players come, players go. Well players go..

It is neither a shock, nor the end of the world that players are being moved on. Players each partly culpable for our relegation sold to raise funds through fees and wages, or allowing them to move to a higher level because of contractual obligations (JBG), or because it is fair and proper (Cousins) or simply because they are rubbish (Sarr).

As expected Nick Pope and Johann Berg Gundmundsson were officially unveiled by Burnley today. Tony Watt beat the rush out of Austria to return home to pack his well worn overnight bag and looks set to move to Hearts of the SPL for family reasons. Must be a right pain for our Tony listing his past 5-year addresses when he’s applying to Sky for his movie channel.
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Pope offer accepted and Henderson next

The ever reliable Rich Cawley has claimed that Burnley have reached the transfer amount that Duchatelet was hanging out for, thought to be £1m, and Nick Pope is returning from Austria to put pen to paper. I expect him to be unveiled at Turf Moor the same day next week as Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Cawley also said that Nottingham Forest will make a move for fellow ‘keeper Stephen Henderson. The two keepers combined to help get us relegated but will not be joining the rest of us.
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New kit w*nker

I don’t actually mind the new kit. Traditional, low on frills, the proper colour red. The new sponsor is a bit of a talking point. Yes, a load of clubs have gambling companies sponsoring them but its not very community centric Charlton is it? That’s my only gripe, that it is just another layer of what Charlton has always been all about that the owners have peeled off and thrown away. Our history, our culture. Discarded like a Belgium chocolate wrapper. 

I like the kit, it’s obviously straight out of the Nike catalogue, but I won’t be buying it as I bought one of these instead. Over 800 protest shirts the organisers have sold, and hats off to them. Terrific effort. 
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Over budget

Katrien Meire has opened up to the South London Press on how the club have overspent on wages this summer. This has been caused not only by signing better quality players than in the past, many of whom are internationals, but also by offering bigger salaries to both Jordan Cousins and Johann Berg Gudmundsson. I would add that players loaned and signed from Standard Liege previously were probably not as costly as signing, say, Simon Makienok from Palermo.

The continued cost of players loaned out and the cancelling Andre Bikey were all highlighted by the CEO, and it sounds to me that Luzon will be made to wait for any loan additions.

Katrien also confirmed that both Morgan Fox, currently on duty for Wales, and Nick Pope are in discussions on contract extensions. If they materialise then that would be great news for Addicks, and whilst a lot of us have concerns over the depth of the squad currently, a look at the current length of player’s contracts should mean we won’t have the same issues next summer that we have had these past two.
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Henderson to miss a month

I think few would disagree that Stephen Henderson is the best all round goalkeeper the club have had for a long while, but there is a reason why he has only started around 150 games in 8 seasons. Henderson damaged his ‘other’ shoulder before the friendly last week with Dulwich Hamlet and a scan has revealed that he will need an operation and will be out for the first month of the season.

That is a huge blow, as we know how much we missed him last season and the defence in front of him looks very threadbare presently. Nick Pope played today but has looked nervous on the big stage, but Luzon more than indicated that he will go with the 23-year old as Hendo’s deputy.

I have no doubt that there is a really good goalie in there. Ben Roberts really rated Pope and he has had two storming seasons in League Two at York City and Bury, and that last spell would have greatly restored his confidence, plus he has had a fair amount of minutes pre-season. What is without question is that Addicks’ fans get fully behind this young keeper from the first minute when he walks out against QPR.
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15 players released

Part one of Luzon/Duchatelet/Meire’s summer transfer strategy was executed today with the announcement of 15 players released.

They are: Tal Ben Haim; Simon Church; Chris Eagles; Roger Johnson; Lawrie Wilson; Oguchi Onyewu; Neil Etheridge; Jack Munns; Harry Osborne; Harry Gerard; Kadell Daniel; Kurtis Cumberbatch; Kieran Monlouis; Rhys Browne; Levander Pyke.

A mixture of the unfortunate attrition of young pros who were unable to step up plus 7 first teamers. My only disappointment is seeing Ben Haim go, although it was apparently his own decision. Not so much disappointed but sad to see Lawrie Wilson and Simon Church move on.

The Welshman scored just 10 goals in Charlton colours, but his work rate could never be questioned, but I expect his career will have to continue down a division.

Lawrie Wilson’s form dipped this season after an excellent 2014/15 season, when I personally thought he was player of the year. He was very friendly with Hamer, Morrison, Hughes and Jackson and an integral part of Chris Powell’s squad but he was sidelined under both Peeters and Luzon and the writing was on the wall. However I am pleased that he was able to come back to the club where he began his career to show us what a great pro he is. Best of luck Lawrie.
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Charlton in new network signing shocker

Whilst I don’t understand a lot about the benefits of the network, it does seem strange to me that the club let two of it’s young goalkeepers leave on loan, but then sign another young keeper on a permanent deal from Roland Duchâtelet’s Újpest. A 22-year old who has not played a competitive league game this season.
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Green day

Tuesday night’s cancellation also affected the chances of a few players staking a claim for a first 16 place. Danny Green, Andy Hughes, Ruben Bover, Cedric Evina and maybe even Jason Euell could all have featured against Reading but although one would suspect Powell will be tempted to begin with the same team that began on Saturday I think he may give the right wing berth to Danny Green holding back Waggy for a 2nd half introduction perhaps even up front.
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Any more for any more?

A day off work today as we closed the office for the US July 4th holiday. This gave me a chance to catch up with some errands and attempt to take stock of the continued incomings at Sparrows Lane.

Young goalkeeper Nick Pope officially signed for the club this morning from Bury Town as did Spanish attacking midfielder Ruben Bover Izquierdo, who impressed last season at Halesowen Town. Previously the 19-year old was on Real Mallorca’s books and was on trial with the Addicks at the end of last season, coinciding with Jeff Vetere’s involvement, unless I am reading too much into it.

What interested me about the announcement on was Powell talking of a development squad consisting of Pope, Bover-Izquierdo, Calum Harriot, Freddie Warren, Tosan Popo, Ben Davisson, Yado Mambo and Conor Gough. Nice idea and very continental in it’s thinking and I would imagine that this will lead to more reserve matches next season.

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13 years exactly after waking in my Charlton shirt covered in pride and disbelief, I have broken my self-imposed Charlton silence (it wasn’t difficult) with the news that Chris Powell has made three signings before the end of May.

The most significant is that of Danny Hollands, two of Matt Holland will be quite acceptable. The only negative to signing the Bournemouth man is that one could read into it that either Racon or Semedo will be leaving, and I would say it is almost certainly curtains for Alan McCormack. Hollands is also potential captain material if Semedo goes (to Greece according to Sky Sports) and Dailly moves on to pastures new.
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