Ashley Maynard-Brewer has signed a long-term contract at Charlton Athletic.
The Addicks had an option within the young Australian keeper’s deal to trigger a 12-month extension on his old terms, which were due to expire in the summer.
Maynard-Brewer’s new contract runs until the summer of 2026.
Maynard-Brewer has won a starting spot under Charlton manager Dean Holden, who has continued to opt for the 23-year-old even after Joe Wollacott returned from a broken finger.
“I’m really open-minded and when I first came in all the players had an opportunity,” Holden told the South London Press. “Ash still has a lot to learn, he is a young goalkeeper still finding his way in men’s football in some respects. But his performances have been excellent and there is a lot of growth to come from him – there is a high ceiling to how much better he can get.
“Some goalkeepers his age maybe at bigger clubs will be out on loan playing in League Two or the Conference. He is playing at a really big club in League One.
“He’s nowhere near the finished article. One of the biggest things is his temperament is excellent. It’s important for a goalkeeper to be really calm. There are things he needs to improve on, his communication and the way he commands his box, but that will come with maturity and age. I’m really pleased with him.
“He makes big saves and is a good size. As well as being a good size he is very agile, very athletic. What is a modern goalkeeper? They used to be a great big size in the old days and not very mobile. Hugo Lloris was one of the first of the modern ones – really mobile, gets across his goal quickly and makes big saves – can get down low.
“Ash has made some really impressive saves, the one at Forest Green is just one example.
“Some people think the most important thing is how good a keeper can be with their feet. Obviously it’s important but the bigger thing for me is making saves.”
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