Young signs Addicks deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luke Young has signed a new four-year contract with Charlton Athletic.
Luke Young has resolved any lingering doubts concerning his future by signing a new four-year contract with Charlton Athletic.
The full back had been a target for West Ham United after putting in a transfer request following a lack of progress regarding an extension.
But the appointment of Iain Dowie as Addicks manager sparked the talks back into life and an agreement has been expected for several weeks.
Young has now committed himself to The Valley for the next four seasons and is happy the matter can be laid to rest.
"It's great from a personal point of view that everything is sorted out now," Young told the club's official website.
"Now I'll concentrate on getting myself fully fit and in tip-top shape for the pre-season games and, of course, the new season.
"I can't speak highly enough of how myself and everybody else have been impressed with the first couple of weeks of training.
"It's been bright and forward-thinking and it feels as though everything is moving in the right direction."
The England international also praised the early impact of Dowie and believes Charlton have a positive future under Alan Curbishley's replacement.
He added: "After listening to what the manager has had to say and the direction he wants to take the club, it feels like a place where you want to work.
"To be honest a chat I had with the manager played a massive part in it all. The gaffer has big ambitions for the club and he wants things done properly.
"It's great from a personal point of view because I feel I've been quite consistent for the club over the past three seasons, but there is a real sense of togetherness here and it's that I want to be a part of."
The Charlton captain's decision to sign follows 24 hours after leading scorer Darren Bent pledged his future to the club.