'CHARLTON keeper Darren Randolph will be allowed to leave The Valley in January if he fails to earn a regular first-team place in the next two months. The 22-year-old academy graduate has spent this season on the bench as back-up to number one Rob Elliot, but when Elliot sustained a leg injury last week which could rule him out for over a month, Addicks boss Phil Parkinson swooped to sign Wolves reserve Carl Ikeme on a short-term loan.
And Parkinson has revealed he has talked to Randolph about his future and told him he can leave SE7 in the next transfer window if the Republic of Ireland U21 international does not earn a place in the side.
"I've spoken to Darren and explained the situation to him," said the Charlton manager. "He's frustrated because he wants to be playing first-team football. We've said to Darren that if he's not pushing Rob out of the team by January then we'll look to let him go, possibly on a permanent basis."'
It should be emphasised that is not a strategy to push Randolph out, but to offer him the option to develop his stalled career elsewhere.
Headline courtesy of Rich Pemberton.