Goalkeeper Dillon Phillips is determined to kick on after signing his new contract with the club.
The stopper – who first joined Charlton as a pre-academy player at the age of eight – put pen to paper on a new two and-a-half-year deal at The Valley on Friday afternoon.
And speaking 24 hours later, after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southend United, he revealed that he was thrilled to have secured his future.
“We’d spoken about it [signing] for a long time and I am over the moon,” he said. “I’m delighted to extend my stay and hopefully there are better things to come and better performances to come than today [on Saturday].
“I don’t take playing for granted, I’m grateful every time I play and now I’ve got two and a half more years at a football club I enjoy being at, so I am more than happy. I feel like I’ll keep playing and improving if I keep doing what I’m doing.”
Phillips is being kept on his toes by Chris Maxwell, who joined the Addicks on loan from Preston North End in January. He has been full of praise for the Welshman.
Phillips said: “Maxy has been great with me. He is a top, top pro and he has helped me a lot in training and we are battling with each other all the time. He has only made me a better goalkeeper.”
Stopper Phillips is set to be back in action on Saturday when Charlton host to Blackpool at The Valley and he has expressed his desire to begin a winning run of form, starting with the Tangerines’ visit.
Article by Brandon Smith