Date: 29th June 2016 at 4:00pm
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New signing Nicky Ajose has given his first full interview since his arrival at The Valley from Swindon Town.

In the interview with the Official Site Ajose spoke of his aims for the year, and the 24 year old stated that he had joined the club in the hopes that we can return to the Championship at the first time of asking following last season’s relegation.

With 25 goals scored last season, he’s obviously hopeful he can hit a similar amount this campaign as well.

‘I don`t put a figure on how many goals I want to score but I feel like if I can replicate my form from the last year and even part of the year before then it could end in Charlton being promoted. That is the reason I have come here. Last year at Swindon, I said that my aspirations for this season were to be playing the Championship but when a club like Charlton come calling – with the infrastructure and plans that it has got, and the size of the club – I felt like it was an opportunity that I could not turn down. I`m really pleased to get it signed at such an early point in the season. I`m really hoping that with the players that have been brought in, and the good players that are already in this squad, that we can have a good season.’

Ajose of course knows League One well having made 38 appearances for Swindon last season, and his season average was a league goal every 138 minutes, so anything near that for Charlton should certainly see them around the top of the table.

‘From my personal perspective, I think a really important part of the league is about mentality. There are a lot of games, you have to be robust and have the right group of characters in the dressing room to adapt to different situations and different stadiums at different times of the year. The manager has brought in players that have played around this level before, so I think you can see that there is a clear intention to try and tackle the league head on.’

As for talks with new manager Russell Slade and his ambitions for the year, Ajose ended by explaining.

‘We had a really long chat and I was in there for a while to be fair! I tried to get a feel of what he wants from his players, what kind of football he wants to play, his ambitions for the season and what he expects from us as players. We spoke about football of every kind, the club and had a good chat. From what I have seen and been told, he has really changed the atmosphere around the club already and I am really looking forward to working him.’

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