Date: 14th June 2016 at 12:41pm
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Someone on Facebook made a very valid comment. It concerned lowly Rotherham United. He rightly pointed out movements on the transfer market and related back an observation on how are Rotherham United buying players when we at Charlton are having trouble securing the signature of players that don`t have a club come next season. Is the problem with the club, or have we now become that unstable that any interested player would think twice to sign on the dotted line.

Only yesterday I read that 27 year old Novak is an interesting option. A possibility, maybe? But then again. We seemed to make moves for players who have nothing to lose but plenty to gain, only at the death to be knocked down because someone has come in with a better offer. Lee Novak could be an interesting addition to our squad. Having been released by Birmingham this summer as they decided not to offer him a new deal (that worries me) in a comment from the club. Novak knows where the net is. Playing for Huddersfield Town, Birmingham and Chesterfield he boast 193 starts with a further 86 from the bench and found the net 69 times. Question: why does a club let a player of his ability go?

Another player who was on the radar of possibilities is Crawley Town`s Gwion Edwards. This interest for the former Swans player was in print last month. The 23 year old scored 8 goals in 45 experiences for Town and a price tag of £200,000 is on the players head. Peanuts to Roland who has amassed 500,000,000 Eros fortunes. But like everything these owners to do this is not something that he will freely embrace spending money on a player who still has plenty of playing time in his tank.

Many of my readers might not want to see Tony Watt in a Charlton shirt this coming season. But he could still be an Addick player after the collapse to Cardiff City was scuppered because of a transfer embargo. He worked with Russell Slade while with the Bluebirds but I`m not at liberty to say whether the involvement with his old boss will be rekindled. But Watt had nothing but praise for his former boss when speaking to the South London Press. Here is a small passage from the conversation: Watt feels, Slade is a good appointment for Charlton. He can handle the dressing room. He is very motivational in his team talks. Russell is hands-on as well. He knows what he wants and knows what players he wants. That will great for the club. The words of Tony Watt.

Slade still has to reveal what his back-room team will be. Simon Clark finished last season as first team coach-and is highly regarded at the Valley-but the new chief will have to make a decision over who is his number two.

Many of the teams in the third tier we have already played at some stage in the past. But there is one club that will be a new aspect to the Addicks and that is Fleetwood Town. The Cod Army as they are known are not that far from Blackpool. The Highbury Stadium has a capacity of 5,327. Fleetwood`s traditional local rivals are generally considered by supporters to be neighbours Morecambe, Southport and Barrow, all whom have competed against Fleetwood fairly regular when all three were non-league clubs. This small club compared to Charlton will have their eyes opened when they visit the Valley, it will feel like a cup final. Last season Fleetwood finished 19th in League one. Not a great place to find yourself in bearing in mind one or two bad results could end up in relegation. The clubs raise to fame came in the 2011-12 season when they were promoted from the conference and played in the Football League for the first time. In May 2014, at Wembley, Fleetwood won the promotion play-offs to League One. That was the clubs 6th promotion inn 10 years.

It will be refreshing to write about new teams and clubs when the football season commences. Welling United is up first. Traditional has always been our first game to kick-start the forthcoming campaign. I do hope but by judging the slowness of players coming in we are ready to tackle this game and all the others. A win would do very nicely and then carry on as we mean to all season.

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