Experience the drive for new Charlton signing Ben Amos

Not many goalkeepers can boast a Champions League start for Manchester United on their CVs. 

Charlton’s new signing Ben Amos can. He could also tell you that his appearance against Valencia at Old Trafford in December 2010 was only his fourth in senior football. 

But he is unlikely to brag about it. The Macclesfield-born stopper comes across as a grounded and friendly character and someone that is focused on improving himself. 

He learned from that night in Europe’s premier competition - where Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic operated in front of him - and now he is intent on impressing between the posts at The Valley as Charlton mount a promotion charge towards the Championship.

“I’m always looking to gain more and more experience,” he said after completing his first full training session at Sparrows Lane on Tuesday afternoon. 

“I know the set-up at Charlton is a strong one for me to develop and for the club to develop. Hopefully there is a bright future ahead for Charlton and that is why I have come here; to try and be part of that. 

“It seems like there is a good group of lads, a good manager and I’m really excited and am happy to get going.”

Amos completed his season-long loan move to the Addicks from Bolton Wanderers late on Friday evening. 

The following day, Charlton hosted Ipswich Town at The Valley and to say he was thrust into the action would be a little bit of an understatement. 

He only met the majority of his new teammates that morning but played 90 minutes as Karl Robinson’s men recorded an impressive 6-1 victory against the Championship club. 

“It’s been a bit of a crazy few days,” the 27-year-old said. “I was comfortable with being thrown straight in on Saturday. 

“Initially, I didn’t know whether I was going to be playing at all and then I thought I’d maybe play 45 minutes but ended up doing the 90, which was good to get in before the start of the season.

“The lads looked great in the game; looked fit and sharp and hopefully we can continue that in our first match of the season on Saturday.” 

Charlton host Bristol Rovers at the weekend and Amos will want to continue the quick start to his time in SE7 by recording three points. 

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