Former Southampton Defender Makes Contract Admission

Former Southampton defender Thierry Small has admitted that he hopes he can extend his contract at Charlton Athletic following the conclusion of this season, in an interview with club media. 

Small signed for the Addicks on a short-term deal in February following his release by the Saints. During the first half of the season, the left-sided defender spent time in the Scottish Premier League with St Mirren on loan. However, after struggling for game time at the Paisley outfit, it was decided he would return to his parent club, before a mutual termination of the contract was agreed, allowing the free transfer to The Valley.

That move has been a strong one so far, as he has started every match since scoring on his debut against Bolton Wanderers in a 3-3 draw. With nine matches now under his belt at the side, along with two goal contributions, the 19-year-old has certainly shown promise that a contract extension could be beneficial to all parties.

The England Youth International came through the academy at West Brom, before then joining Everton’s youth setup, before only making one senior appearance for the Toffees off the bench in an FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday.

Talking to Charlton TV after the side’s 1-1 draw to play-off hopefuls Stevenage, Small admitted that he would be interested in signing a new contract to extend his stay past the end of this season.

“I’m really enjoying my time here right now and I’m open ears for what the future holds.” 

Yesterday’s draw saw Nathan Jones’ men extend their unbeaten run to ten matches. This recent run of form has ensured that the side are no longer looking over their shoulders during the run-in, having created a gap of eight points to the bottom four with only five matches left to play.

Charlton host Barnsley next as they look to extend their resurgence under the former Southampton manager.

Writer’s View

The young left-back has been a revelation in a Charlton side who have massively picked up in recent weeks. His consistency has really shone through in the last couple of months as he has proved himself capable of being an integral part of a League One side.

Having arrived for free, and still with so much more room to develop given the fact he is still a teenager, it would seem incredible if the Addicks were to do anything other than extend his contract.

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