Wolves loanee Michał Żyro ready to make The Valley feel like home

Michał Żyro had never visited The Valley before arriving in SE7 on Monday afternoon to finalise his loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers

When being shown around the pitch by Manager Karl Robinson, the Poland international is enamoured by his new club. He's full of questions: 'How many fans does The Valley hold?', 'what was the game like on Saturday?' and 'where do Charlton's louder fans stand?' are among a few that he asks.

He also recalls watching Charlton on television as a child growing up in Warsaw. 

"I remember Darren Bent scored a lot of goals here," he smiles. "I used to watch Charlton quite a lot on my TV but I have to say I did not know that Charlton was in London back then!"

Now he is well aware of the location of The Valley and his excitement to start his new chapter in south-east London is clear to see. 

After beginning his career at his parent club Wolves by scoring three times in seven Sky Bet Championship matches, a serious knee injury - ironically sustained against Robinson's then MK Dons side - sidelined him for around 18 months. 

But now he is back fit and determined to mark his mark in the EFL again.

"I wanted to stay in England," he says. "I enjoy this kind of football and I want to show my ability here and improve as well. 

"Charlton is a very big club for me, it is a very famous club and is a big name. I'm sure I'll be very happy here with my family and will enjoy my football.

"I'm ready for this challenge and I want to win promotion. I don't see this loan as something just for me individually. 

"I've taken this deal more to help my new teammates get promoted. We are close to the play-offs and if we keep going we can push more to get promoted to the Championship. 

"My focus is to help the team and not to think about myself and individual things."

One thing Żyro does have an eye on is this summer's FIFA World Cup.

The 25-year-old has been capped four times at senior level by his national team, most recently against Switzerland in November 2014. He believes that if he can perform in the red of Charlton then there is an outside chance to could don the red of Poland in Russia.

He said: "If you can get to play for the national team, it's always a proud moment for myself and my family. 

"It was a short spell playing for my country but I hope when I come back to playing every week that I can come back into the national team."

Supporters can watch Zyro's first Charlton interview in full on Valley Pass

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