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Conor Washington confesses his future to Charlton Athletic

Charlton Athletic forward Conor Washington has admitted that he hopes to enter into contract negotiations with the club in the coming months.

The attacker’s current deal at The Valley is will expire next summer and the Addicks have yet to offer him any new terms.

Charlton, who has yet to name a permanent successor to Nigel Adkins, is set to face Gateshead in the second round of the FA Cup tonight.

Washington will want to build on their recent return to form by scoring in this particular game.

The Northern Ireland international managed to find the bottom of the net in four of his last five appearances for Charlton and will therefore be overflowing with confidence before tonight’s shock.

Referring to his future ahead of that game, Washington admitted he wanted to extend his stay at the club but has yet to start talks with the Addicks over a new deal.

Talk to South London Press of his current situation at Charlton, the forward said: “It’s never a good situation as a footballer, coming towards the end of your contract.

“But I like to play here – especially under Jacko [caretaker boss Johnnie Jackson].

“It’s probably as good a relationship as I’ve had with any fan group.

“I know I still have to score more goals.

“It’s not something I’m going to avoid.

“It’s a huge club and proud for me to be a part of it.

“My family is settled.

“My little man is going to school next year.

“I would like to think that contract talks would start in the next few months.

“But you never know in football, you have to take each day as it comes.”

The verdict

If Washington continues to deliver the goods on a consistent basis for Charlton in League One, it would not be at all surprising to be offered a new contract in the not too distant future.

However, all negotiations are likely to be suspended until the Addicks make a permanent leadership appointment.

Jackson will seek to claim the role by guiding Charlton to great success at this level during the Christmas season.

Currently 15th in the third tier standings, the Addicks will aim to close the gap between themselves and the play-offs with positive results in their upcoming clashes with Ipswich Town, Cambridge United and Plymouth Argyle.

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