Parky has clarified the situation over Andy Gray, saying that Barnsley had been talking to Charlton throughout the summer about the player, 'but at the moment the deal just doesn't add up and it's nowhere near the valuation we've got of the player. Andy played for a lot of last season with a stress fracture. He's now fit and he's trained well. He's available for selection and he could be a big player for us this year.'
The Charlton supremo said there had been no firm bids for (which is not the same as saying no expressions of interest in) Jonjo Shelvey and dismissed a weekend newspaper story linking him to Chelsea as pure speculation.
As for Chris Dickson, 'Gillingham been talking to us about Chris all summer, and we keep telling them he's not going there. We've now said to them that we'll let him go there if they give us one of their strikers in exchange. I won't give you the name of him, but you might be able to guess.' (Answers in the Comment column please).
Nicky Bailey will be the Charlton captain this season. This is a good choice of a committed player, even if he goes a little too far sometimes, and hopefully is an indication that he will not be leaving any time soon.
Come on you Reds!