Addicks set to return to training on Saturday ahead of the 2020/21 season

Charlton new boys Alex Gilbey and Conor Washington will train with their new teammates for the first time on Saturday as the Addicks return for pre-season.

Midfielder Gilbey arrived from MK Dons on Wednesday and striker Washington became Lee Bowyer’s second signing of the summer on Thursday.

Bowyer’s team don’t have long before they are back in action with the Addicks' first game in the Carabao Cup potentially taking place as early as Saturday, September 5th.

Jonny Williams, Ben Amos and Jake Forster-Caskey all opted to extend their stay at the club and Bowyer and Steve Gallen would like to be able to offer a new contract to Adam Matthews, the club have asked the EFL if this is possible given the current restrictions it is under.

The club would like to thank Tomer Hemed, Lewis Page and Naby Sarr whose contracts have expired. 

Sarr joined Charlton in 2015 and played 116 games for the club scoring eight goals. Page joined the club in 2017, playing 27 games and scored once – a memorable strike against Plymouth Argyle in Bowyer’s first game in charge. Hemed signed for the Addicks last year, making 18 appearances for the club.

Director of Football Gallen said: “I would like to thank Naby, Lewis and Tomer for everything they have given to the club. 

“Naby has been here a long time and ended up becoming very popular both with the fans and with everyone at the club. He was a big part of our promotion campaign and I’m sure many fans won’t forget his late goal against QPR anytime soon.

“Lewis was very unlucky with injuries during his time here. We all know how good a player he is and I hope he can get a regular run of games going forward.

“Tomer came in last summer and worked hard during his time at the club. All three of them were popular at the training ground and I’d like to wish them the best in the future.”

The loan spells of Josh Cullen, Sam Field, Andre Green and Aiden McGeady expired last month.

Gallen said: “The lads who came in on loan gave everything to try and keep us in the division. I must highlight the contribution of Josh, he had a fantastic two years with us and I’m sure he’ll go on to have a brilliant career.”

Cullen played 66 games for Charlton over the last two seasons, scoring two goals. Field played 18 games after joining last summer, while January signings Green and McGeady played 14 and 10 games respectively with Green netting twice for the Addicks. 

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