BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Ashley Maynard-Brewer is set to be loaned out by Charlton Athletic next summer if he is not their first-choice goalkeeper.
Addicks manager Nigel Adkins wants to secure Ben Amos, who was their number one stopper last season, on new terms.
And if the former Manchester United and Bolton man, due to be a free agent on July 1, does extend his stay then the highly-regarded Maynard-Brewer will temporarily leave SE7 to gain first-team experience.
The 21-year-old could become Charlton’s first ever Olympian. He has been named in Australia’s U23 preliminary squad, which will be cut down to 18 players at the end of the month.
“We’re all excited for him,” Adkins told the South London Press. “It is a fantastic opportunity for him.
“We have got high hopes for Ash. I’ve been really impressed with him during the couple of months I’ve been at the football club. One, as a character and, two, as a goalkeeper.
“The important thing next year is that he goes and plays next year as well and is not sat on the bench, because that is important for his development.
“Having this period away with Australia now and hopefully playing in the Olympics will be great, what a life experience as well.
“I spoke with him when I did the debrief with all the players at the end of the season. I said to him: ‘You’ll either be the number one goalkeeper next season or you’ll be out on loan. You have got to be playing’.
“We feel he has got a really bright future in the game and he needs to be playing games, making decisions, making mistakes and responding to mistakes.
“That is how he is going to get better and we can see if he can become first-team goalkeeper for Charlton.
“I’ve been really impressed with Ben Amos, I must admit. I want Ben to stay. If that happens then Ashley will be looking to go out on loan. There needs to be a clear plan and pathway for players, so that we extract every ounce of potential out of them – for their benefit and our benefit.
“If Ben goes to Real Madrid then I’ve got no qualms about playing Ashley.”
The Socceroos are on a training camp in Marbella and play their first warm-up match tomorrow against Saudi Arabia U23s.
They follow up with tune-ups against Romania (June 8) and Mexico (June 12).
PICTURES: KEITH GILLARD
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