Addicks supremo Phil Parkinson knows that as he prepares for life in League 1 with a smaller budget to play with, the squad must be downsized dramatically. With a whole host of players out of contract, it's going to be a busy summer for Charlton as new faces arrive and others depart. 'There's a lot to sort out,' said Parkinson. 'A lot of players are out of contract so there are a lot of decisions to be made.' (Possibly also about Parkinson himself, but for now he is clearly in charge).
One player Phil Parkinson would be keen to sign on a permanent basis is on-loan defender Darren Ward, who was told by Wolverhampton Wanderers this week that they would not be requiring his services when they return to the Premier League next season. Parkinson said: 'Darren wants to come back down south. He's certainly added something to our squad, not only as a player but on the training ground.'
'He's a good example to the younger players. It's only on Thursday that he was told he wasn't wanted at Wolves so I haven't had a chance to speak to him about his future.'
Ward seems to have done a useful job in central defence alongside Hudson, although he may be departing and question marks surround the future of Jon Fortune who has been out of contention through injury in the latter half of the season.