Vital Football

Latest Charlton Athletic News

Charlton New Boy Excited By Move

Charlton New Boy Excited By Move

Chris Iwelumo has spoke of his excitement after joining Charlton on Monday.


The big Scot could hardly contain his excitement and he intends to help put the club back where it belongs, in The Premiership. Pardew snapped Iwelumo up on a free transfer from Colchester United.

The 28-year-old, who netted 18 goals for the U's last term, said: 'I'm absolutely delighted and excited to join.

'Charlton is a massive club, a club that has a great desire to get back in the Premiership and I want to be a part of that.

'I'm delighted, very excited, nervous and looking forward to the challenge.'

The Scottish forward, who was joined on The Valley roster by former Crewe Alexandra striker Luke Varney the same day, was signed by current Addicks number two Phil Parkinson when he joined Colchester United two seasons ago.

In the last 24 months he has hit an impressive 35 goals and Iwelumo is hungry for his new challenge ahead of the upcoming Championship campaign.

He recalled: 'Two years ago when Phil Parkinson brought me back to England from Germany, Colchester were the favourites to be relegated from League One but we went and won promotion.

'I took it on from there this season and with Curo [Jamie Cureton] was part of the deadliest partnership in the Championship.

'I've also played in this league before with Stoke City and the season just gone was fantastic for me. I'll be hoping to carry that on next season and be at the forefront of putting Charlton back where they belong.'

The new man continued: 'This is a massive club and there is a great expectation for the players, staff and fans to go straight back up and it will be great to be part of that.

'To be in the gaffer's thoughts straight away is great. He knew my situation and that I was out of contract and has told me he wants to push me up to the next level.

'He's known of me since my Stoke days and has thrown down the gauntlet to me and feels I should score a lot more goals. Now it's up to me to try to prove that and make sure that the faith he's shown in me is spot on.'

Of Pardew's assistant Parkinson, the striker added: 'I know Phil Parkinson and he is someone I have great respect for.

'His man-management is very special and I'm delighted to be working with him again.'

Speaking of his own abilities Chris said,
'It's important to have a presence up front in the Championship, someone who can hold the ball up for you and that's what I do,'

'Target men that score goals are a bit of a dying breed right now but I'd compare myself to Stevie Howard at Derby County, and Dion Dublin.

'I'm strong in the air and like to also link the play on the ground. I've got a bit of everything - and I love scoring goals as well!'

The big man said he is sad to leave Layer Road, but he admitted his new London location takes him to the next level on his football journey.

He said: 'I've got some great memories and some great friends at United and it's a fantastic club.

'Everyone wants to play at the highest level and for the biggest clubs, and I just think that Charlton is one of those clubs that if they show interest or come in for you it's stupid not to even contemplate it.

'I know for a fact I've made the right and best decision; obviously it is part and parcel of football that you move around and say many hellos and many goodbyes. Now I'm looking to a new chapter in my career.'


Iwelumo will be joined up front by fellow new recruit Luke Varney. A partnership that could prove to be the key factor to our bounce back up to the top tier.

Speaking of his new striking colleague, Chris said: 'I've not played against him but he's a friend of a friend.

'He's a fantastic player and I've heard he's as fast as lighting and likes to score goals as well, so that's not a bad thing.

'The more goal threats you can bring to a club the more chance of getting goals. That will probably put us in a better position to go straight back up.'

'After relegation everyone is disappointed and all the people at Charlton who have had a taste of the Premiership want to get back there as quickly as possible.

'Hopefully that expectation from the fans and the people around the club will push us to get back there; it's on everyone's agenda and everyone wants to get back at the first time of asking.'

And he added: 'It's just great for me that the deal is done and dusted now and I'm buzzing at the thought of the calibre of players I will be playing with.

'Now I can go away and prepare properly and enjoy the summer with my wife and daughters.

'It's just a fantastic club to be involved with and I'll be coming in for my first day of training with the biggest smile on my face.'


Vital Charlton is a fast growing and vibrant Addicts fan site.

With news and views regarding everything at The Valley, along with a message forum, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

You can even win prizes, by posting articles comments, posting on the message forum and voting on the on-line polls.

Vital Charlton is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll and your suggestions will be published

So why not join Vital Charlton today!

It's easy to register for Vital Charlton, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the Vital Charlton message board, click here.

Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to contribute. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report, full team or reserves, especially away games as I don't get to many of them!? Or have your say on any issue you wish Charlton Athletic related. Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Charlton.







Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:
Date:Tuesday May 22 2007
Time: 12:57PM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
Imagine how good Darren Bent would be if he had the chance of playing with a big target man. It's a shame our two new strikers look set to confirm Bent's departure.
Red Red Robin
22/05/2007 13:00:00
0
Im pleased with our two new players i think there both hungry to get into the Premiership and we need players like this rather than the big time charlies we have at the moment.
Charlton Mark
22/05/2007 13:02:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Charlton Athletic Articles

Match Day Officials v Leeds (30/4/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Leeds United this weekend.

Mixed Feelings ahead of Burnley game

Charlton`s protest have concerns

Who Will Charlton Face In 2016/17 (26/4/16)

With less than a handful of games remaining in the 2015/16 campaign, some promotions and relegations in the football pyramid are already known.

Riga On Brighton Loss

Head coach Jose Riga has given his thoughts following defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend.

Archived Vital Charlton Articles

Vital Charlton articles from

Site Journalists

Michael Tucker
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Brighton MotM
Suggested By:
Pope41%
Motta2%
Fanni0%
Teixeira2%
Fox2%
Harriott0%
Diarra2%
Cousins0%
Lookman2%
Gudmundsson47%
Vetokele0%
Sub-Lennon0%
Sub-Sanogo2%
Sub-Makienok0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Middlesbrough 45 26 10 9 88 32
2 Burnley 44 24 15 5 87 33
3 Brighton 44 24 15 5 87 30
4 Hull City 44 23 11 10 80 31
5 Derby County 44 21 14 9 77 24
6 Sheff Wed 44 18 17 9 71 19
7 Cardiff 44 17 16 11 67 8
8 Ipswich 44 16 15 13 63 0
9 Birmingham 45 16 14 15 62 4
10 Brentford 44 17 8 19 59 -2
11 Preston 44 14 16 14 58 -1
12 Leeds Utd 44 14 16 14 58 -7
13 Q.P.R. 44 13 18 13 57 0
14 Wolves 44 13 15 16 54 -6
15 Reading 44 13 13 18 52 -4
16 Huddersfield 44 13 12 19 51 -3
17 Forest 44 12 15 17 51 -5
18 Blackburn 44 11 16 17 49 -3
19 Rotherham 44 13 10 21 49 -13
20 Bristol City 44 12 13 19 49 -20
21 Fulham 44 11 15 18 48 -11
R MK Dons 44 9 12 23 39 -28
R Charlton 44 8 13 23 37 -38
R Bolton 44 4 15 25 27 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Charlton Athletic Results (view all)

Charlton Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 3:00PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
May 7 2016 12:30PM : Burnley (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.rorzzman4
2.JeromeThomas144
3.ColinPowellsMower3
4.gear2
5.Wilmingtonian1
6.throstle1
7.roystalin1
8.pleasehelpme1
9.Hail Hibernian1