Kelly Youga has signed a new contract which will keep him at The Valley until 2011. The left back from the Central African Republic has many fans among the Addickted because of his ability to forge forward, although he needs to improve his ability to track back in defence. However, he developed considerably in his loan spell in Scunthorpe and should be able to improve his game more as he gets more opportunities to play. Grant Basey was played in midfield at the end of the season, so need not be a direct competitor for the left back spot, while the future of Ben Thatcher remains uncertain.
In South Africa, Shaun Bartlett is leaving his current club, but the 36-year old hopes for another year playing before he hangs up his boots: