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Charlton Athletic tie down Chris Solly

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Highly rated Charlton Athletic right-back Chris Solly has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal that will see the academy graduate contracted to the club until the summer of 2017.

The 22-year-old, whose previous deal was set to expire at the end of this season, has delighted manager Chris Powell by agreeing a new deal at The Valley.

"I'm really pleased we've managed to get Chris done," said Powell when speaking to the club's official website.

"It's fully deserved after his exploits over the last couple of seasons since I've been here.

"It's important to get your players, especially young players that have made an impression, tied down to the club and he's an academy product that has blossomed in the side and has gone from strength to strength.

"It's always important and it's a good sign that we've been able to do it and I'm really pleased for Chris because now he can fully concentrate on his football."

Solly, winner of Charlton's Player of the Year award for the past two seasons, has made 122 appearances for the Addicks since making his debut on the final day of the 2008/09 season.

He was given his first extended run in the side at the back end of the 2010/11 season - a campaign in which he made 15 appearances and scored his first goal for the club. 

In Powell's first full season in charge at The Valley, Solly became a regular, winning his first player of the year award and missing just two league games as Charlton won the League One title with 101 points to their name. 

He replicated his outstanding performances in League One in the Championship, making the step up effortlessly. A stunning goal against Blackpool and another player of the year award topped off a fantastic season in which Solly's consistently superb displays played a crucial part in Charlton's promising return to the second tier of English football.

The news that Solly has signed a new deal rounds of an excellent week for Charlton fans, that has included a first league win of the season over Leicester City and the signings of 'keeper Ben Alnwick and winger Cameron Stewart.

In addition, fellow academy graduate Joe Piggot has also signed a new long-term contract this week after making his league debut from the bench in the 2-1 victory over the Foxes. 

With youngsters Callum Harriott and Jordan Cousins also playing a part in the first team this season, Powell believes there's plenty of reason to look forward to an exciting future at the Valley.

Powell added: "He's (Solly) very important to me and my plans moving forward with this club and I truly believe with Chris signing and other young players signing our future is bright". 

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