Date: 3rd August 2017 at 2:20pm
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Karl Robinson has been giving his thoughts on the League One opener this weekend against Bristol Rovers and revealed that he could be close to adding another new face to the Charlton Athletic squad.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media today for the first pre game press conference of the season, Robinson opened with thoughts about the eve of the campaign and being so close to kick off.

‘If you can remember to when you were young, now is a bit like Christmas eve. You don`t quite know what you`re going to get and you think about whether you`ve done things right over the course of the year. To a football manager and football fans, this is Christmas eve because we`ve been building up to it and we`re still not too sure what we`re going to get. It`s the first game of the season, there is always a bit of unpredictability around it and it you never know. I`m excited, I really am.’

Robinson went on to confirm that he hoped Charlton would play disciplined but attacking football this year.

‘Hopefully. It`s got to be disciplined as well. The players have really bought into what we are trying to do and I think they will tell you that they have enjoyed it because our results have proved that. More importantly have been the performances within that. We have got better in every game and I think there is still more room for improvement. We are solely focused on Bristol, we have been preparing for them for the last seven days – and in some ways six weeks – and we are looking forward to the challenge.’

Asked about his starting eleven, he wasn’t going to reveal that just yet but did say the players will find out his decision on Friday.

‘I know my starting XI and I will tell the players on Friday morning. I knew it after watching three games of Bristol Rovers`. It`s important that we get it right, if we do have an injury within the group then we will keep that internal until the weekend. Hopefully the players that come in will perform to the best of their abilities as well.’

As for the potential of a new signing, he ended by saying.

‘We`re very close to bringing someone in. I can`t say who it is. Tariqe Fosu`s been out throughout the course of pre-season, Ricky Holmes has been out and Billy Clarke had an ankle problem. When you look beyond them, we don’t have anyone. We have three players who play in that offensive position, who are very attacking but we only have four right now. We need somebody else to fit in there. So, we`ll have to see what today brings. Hopefully he`ll be training with us today. I`d like to think we`d have someone in by Saturday and we could use him. It doesn’t take a genius to work out who it is.’

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