The latest edition of 4-4-2 has a feature on Academy players that don't make the cut with a substantial emphasis on Charlton.
Taylor Sinfield, described as a 'versatile defender', is presented as 'a victim of Charlton's perilous financial situation. "They signed me as a kid, I got four years, signed on the pitch [a fairly regular ceremony], things were looking good. But I didn't grow. And with their finances, they couldn't take a risk.'"
Goalkeeper Callum Christie's problem was his size. '"I'm a small goalie", he sighs. They said that if I was 6'2 they would have offered me a pro contract. But I'm only 5'10."'
Sinfield was asked 'Did other Charlton apprentices find rejection more difficult? "Yeah, one of them goes out with my sister [a judo star]. He took it hard, because he's been there all his life, and he loves the club so much he keeps going back, because he thinks it's gonna change. But it's not."'
At least we have kept our Academy. And when times were better, a lot of players were still let go.