Goalkeeping Coach Glyn Shimell was full of praise for Ashley Maynard-Brewer after the stopper put pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract.
The academy graduate has committed his future to the club until at least 2026 as he aims to build on an impressive breakthrough campaign with the Addicks.
“It’s really pleasing for me and all of the staff,” said Shimell. “The other staff have to take credit, too. The medical and sports science staff have got Ash through his rehab to get him in this place and it’s a real team effort.
“It’s credit to himself where he’s got to. He’s a great lad, he’s very level-headed and he’s got a thirst to get better. His application and determination on the training pitch is second to none and he’s very mature for his age. His work ethic and his desire to keep the ball out of the net are two of his great assets.
“He’s still young in terms of a goalkeeper’s age and he’s still got some development areas which we work on daily. He’s very good to work with in terms of his attitude to learning, he’s very self-aware and he’s got a great temperament and a want to do better.
“There’s obviously interest now from the Socceroos with regards to a potential call-up which would be brilliant for him,” Shimell revealed. "The main thing is for him to concentrate on playing well for Charlton, supporting the players in front of him who, in turn, can support him. Hopefully he can really push on now.”
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