Ricardo Fuller hoping for new Charlton deal
Jamaica international Ricardo Fuller hopes to make a surprise return to Charlton Athletic this summer
With only one senior striker currently at the club, Charlton’s severe lack of frontmen has left many anxious with the new season fast approaching.
However, the Addicks may be handed a striker-shaped lifeline from the unlikeliest of sources.
Ricardo Fuller, released at the end of last season after the club opted not to activate an extension clause in his contract, has revealed he may not have played his last game in a Charlton shirt.
The Jamaican, 33, remains a free agent and is currently training with the Addicks in order to maintain fitness as he searches for a new club; a club that Fuller hopes won’t be so new.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Fuller stated that he "would love to get something sorted with Charlton", mentioning "the utmost respect for the manager and a good relationship with the players" as factors influencing his desire to re-sign for his former club.
The majority of fans will welcome Fuller’s desire to return to the club.
Whilst he wasn’t as prolific as hoped, just five goals in his 31 league games, he often provided a spark of magic that changed the direction of a game.
However, a serious sticking point in the deal is that Fuller is yet to be offered one. With the former Stoke forward the highest earner at the club last season, Charlton may be unable to meet his excessive wage demands. This must surely be a factor in Fuller’s intention to "consider all options".
Should an agreement be reached between Fuller and the club, Charlton fans will hope the striker can re-establish his partnership with Yann Kermorgant; a crucial factor as the Addicks ended the season without a defeat in eight games.
Fuller’s dogged work up top to hold the ball up and create attacking openings for others allowed Kermorgant to operate in an almost free role at times, utilising the full power of his ability.
The news of Fuller’s potential return will come as a bonus to Charlton fans, who were left pleasantly surprised by trialist Adamo Coulibaly in Wednesday night’s 1-1 friendly draw at AFC Wimbledon.
The French striker, who has only been training with the club since the beginning of the week, impressed manager Chris Powell too, who is keen to have another look at him in Saturday's friendly at Portsmouth.
With a deal for Jonathan Obika still in the pipeline, Charlton may soon have the frontmen they need for the coming season.
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