Ambrose wants to play
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Darren Ambroseblamed lack of first team chances for his transfer from Newcastle.
Darren Ambrose has swapped the black-and-white of Newcastle for the red of Charlton next season, but he leaves St James' Park with some regrets.
Ambrose was used as a bit-part player last season, producing some consistent performances within an inconsistent collective effort by the Geordies.
With the likes of Laurent Robert leaving the club in the summer, Ambrose was disappointed that he was still not considered as a more prominent part of Graeme Souness' plans.
"I don't think I got as many chances as I would have liked up there," revealed Ambrose.
"It was frustrating. I got a few games under Bobby Robson and I was disappointed I didn't get a lot of chances but it wasn't to be.
"It was obviously one of the reasons why I came to Charlton. I am looking for a regular first-team spot.
"I have nothing bad to say about them (Newcastle). I enjoyed my time there, I just wasn't in their plans. Hopefully I am in Charlton's plans this season."
Charlton have recently signed Ambrose's former Ipswich team-mate Darren Bent and the midfielder admits that this was a factor in his decision.
Once it became clear to the England under-21 international that his opportunities were limited at Newcastle, Charlton were the club that Ambrose knew he wanted to move to.
"Charlton was always a club I wanted to come to when I heard. I had a few other offers but I wanted to come to Charlton because the manager (Alan Curbishley) is a big name, well respected in football.
"We are getting a big squad now, some good players and I think this season we will be challenging for Europe."
On the subject of Bent, Ambrose said: "We have a really good understanding that just comes naturally. I like playing attacking midfielder, getting in the box and scoring goals. Hopefully we will both be in the team this season."
Curbishley has been busy in the transfer market this summer, bringing in three new defenders as he tries to improve on last season's tenth-place finish.
The year-long loan of Internazionale's Gonzalo Sorondo is the most notable of Curbishley's captures, and the Charlton boss is hoping for big things from the Uruguayan.
"We let more goals in than most clubs last year so that has got to change," stated Curbishley.
"As soon as we got 40 points last year we were actively looking for new players.
"He (Sorondo) acquitted himself very well and at the end of the season he played right. He is an aggressive centre half and once again another player who wants to come and join us."