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Charlton Athletic will focus on their summer plans following the conclusion of the 2023/24 League One season.


Charlton Athletic fans may have had great expectations going into this season, but it was one that presented numerous problems and resulted in substantial changes at The Valley.

Dean Holden was relieved of his duties early in the season, and an unsuccessful stint under Michael Appleton left the Addicks in the relegation zone. However, Nathan Jones arrived in February to right the ship, pushing the club up the table on a remarkable unbeaten streak.

As a result, the South London side ended 16th, nine points above the relegation zone.

Attention now shifts to summer plans, with a large part of that being confirming decisions on out-of-contract players. Here’s what to expect when Charlton Athletic announces their retained list.

George Dobson departs

While club captain Dobson has declined to comment on his future, and Jones has shown a strong wish to keep him, it appears that the midfielder will be going on when his contract expires.

Hungarian side Fehervar sought him in January, but when negotiations failed, they agreed and declared a pre-contract agreement.

According to the South London Press, these clauses are binding, and Charlton Athletic must pay a transfer fee to re-sign him. That scenario is unlikely, thus the club may be saying goodbye to a firm favourite this summer.

Players to be released

The Addicks signed veteran winger Kazenga LuaLua on a free transfer in March, but with only four matches to his name, it is unlikely that his stay will be prolonged.

Connor Wickham and Lewis Ward, two other short-term additions, could join him on the list of departed players.

Decisions must also be made on defenders Michael Hector and Terell Thomas, with the latter rumored to be on the radar of Dobson’s projected new club Fehervar.

Loaned-out players include Jack Payne, Diallang Jaiyesimi, and Richard Chin are all out of contract and will most certainly be released in the summer.

Potential extensions

Lucas Ness’ contract provides for a 12-month option period. That means that, even if he isn’t in Jones’ plans, it may be sensible to extend his contract to prevent losing him for nothing.

There have also been talks about extending Thierry Small’s contract, and if an agreement cannot be reached, Charlton Athletic will exercise an option to keep him.

Jones and the Addicks have a busy summer ahead of them, and they may begin their makeover by parting ways with some of those whose contracts expire in the near future.

 

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