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Cullen completes Charlton switch

Filed: Thursday, 30th August 2018
By: Staff Writer

Young Hammer Josh Cullen has joined Championship side Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who is contracted to West Ham until 2020 having signed a three-year contract last year will spend the 2018/19 season at The Valley working under former Hammer Lee Bowyer.

Cullen puts pen to paper on a season-long loan [image: cafc.co.uk]

This is one that we thought was going to be out of our reach to be honest," Bowyer told Charlton's website, upon confirmation of Cullen's arrival. "Hes a very good player, has good experience in this league and went to the Championship last season so we thought he was going to be out of our reach.

We had to just hang in there and bide our time and thankfully hes chosen to come to us. I think hes a great addition to the squad. Hes a very good player in and out of possession so hell be a good addition for us. Ive always said I only want players that improve us - and he improves us."

Meanwhile Cullen himself insisted he is looking forward to spending the season on loan at Charlton - despite having harboured hopes of breaking into Manuel Pellegrini's first team set-up.

"Lee Bowyer was a central midfielder like myself so I felt that coming here would help me learn and develop myself as a player," he said. "Im really happy to be here and cant wait to get started.

"Im good mates with Lew [Page], weve been playing with each other since we were nine or ten years old. Its funny how football works and you end up at another club together. Its good to see a few familiar faces and Im sure the rest of the lads are good lads as well."

Charlton Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen, who led the move to bring Cullen to The Valley was also delighted with the arrangement. "Hes a good football player Josh, weve known that for a while," he said. "Its good to get him.

Hes a good player and sometimes you have to wait for good players. Weve had the options to have other players in the building earlier but you have to be a bit patient. At the end of it were really pleased to get a good footballer through the door.

" Ive been up to West Ham quite a lot over the summer as weve been chasing him down all the way through. Its come late, wed have much preferred it sooner of course, but you always have to respect the parent club and I have to say a big thank you to West Ham for letting us have him."

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