Rob Hulse has talked to the The Football League Paper about the way in which he was shunned by first Neil Warnock and then Mark Hughes at QPR. He returned in the summer to find that he had been left out of the Super Hoops' 25-man squad and not even given a shirt number.
As a result, he was left to spend long, lonely Saturdays traipsing round the department stores of London. Former Addick Luke Young was another victim of the 'left out in the cold' treatment. 'We were made to train at different times, stay away from games.'
You'd generally be in training on a Saturday morning. Then you'd have the rest of the day off, which was pretty weird. You'd be walking round John Lewis with the kids. Then you'd get to the TV department and see all the scores coming in or a match on telly. It just felt really, really wrong.'
Hulse continued, 'I'm not just used to being on the bench and I've only made 12 starts for QPR in two years. That's made me very moody at times.'
Speaking of Charlton he said, 'there's no lack of quality here. It's just a case of adjusting to the pace and power of the division and then beloeving they're good enough.