An excited Todd Kane vowed to give everything he has for Charlton after completing his loan switch on Thursday.
Joining from Championship side Coventry City, the versatile full-back has spent the last five seasons in the second tier of English football.
Watch Kane’s first interview as an Addick above, or read on for the full transcript…
Todd, welcome to Charlton. How does it feel to be a Charlton player?
“It’s great. I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get started.”
How long have you known about the club’s interest?
“It’s been going on for about 10 to 14 days. I’ve had phone calls and messages with members of staff at the club. Now it’s all done I’m just excited to be here.”
When you first heard about our interest what was your reaction, and how much were you hoping that it could get done?
“Naturally when clubs are interested in you it’s always a nice feeling. Sometimes it happens or it doesn’t happen, but this stayed on the table and I’m really excited. I was really pleased that it was able to get sorted.”
You’ve played a few times here before as we were just saying off camera. What are your memories of playing here at The Valley?
“Last time I played here I scored for Oxford. That was a nice memory, scoring a goal, but I’m going to be wearing a Charlton shirt this time so hopefully I can get another goal and celebrate in front of the home fans.”
For Charlton fans who haven’t seen you before what type of player is Todd Kane?
“I’m an attacking player. I like to get crosses into the box and get some shots off. I’m aggressive in tackles and I give 110% for the badge and for the fans."
It’s fair to say you’ve maybe been in and out at Coventry so far this season, but in the last few years you’ve played regularly at Championship level. Why have you decided to drop a level down to League One?
“From the start of the season it was very frustrating for me. Coventry picked up some great results and it’s only natural that they’re going to play the team that’s been doing really well. For me, it was most important to play games and come somewhere where I feel I was wanted and I can help the team. I spoke to the manager and he was very pleasing. I’ve had numerous conversations in the past with him. I just had a nice feeling about it. I feel that, at this time right now, it’s most important to be happy and to enjoy my football again. This is the right place for me, I believe.”
What kind of things has the manager said to you when you’ve had those conversations?
“Just honest conversations talking about football really. It’s nice because he’s played the game so he understands the frustration. I believe that the conversations we’ve had have obviously been very positive because I’m here. He played a massive role in that, as well as a couple of other members of staff - Tracey [Leaburn] the player liaison and Andy [Scott, Technical Director]. They have played a massive role in it also.”
You watched our performance up at Manchester United. What did you make of it and, having watched that, I guess that must make you excited to get going?
“Of course. I watched the game and I felt that the team did well. Obviously it was always going to be a tough game. They were going to come out and have the ball because they’re Man United, but also when we had the ball we did well with it. I feel in the second half we came out of our shell a bit. We were on the front foot more, creating a lot more chances and I thought the team did really well.”
Just lastly, we’ve got Barnsley here on Saturday. Are you fit and raring to go?
“I’m fit, I’m ready to go and I can’t wait to get started.”
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