BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton defender Ryan Inniss hopes he can do enough during the rest of the season to earn an extension to his contract at The Valley.
The big centre-half’s initial two-year deal with the Addicks will expire at the end of this campaign but the club do have an option to extend it for a further year.
Inniss, 26, crossed South London to join Charlton from rivals Crystal Palace in the summer of 2020 but has made just 20 competitive starts in all competitions following a succession of long-term injury problems.
A quad issue saw Inniss miss five months of last season, before a thigh problem meant he was absent from the end of August until just before Christmas during this campaign.
But the Penge-born defender impressed as he played 70 minutes of Charlton’s narrow FA Cup exit against Norwich City yesterday.
He said: “I’ve got goals, I’ve set goals for this year. I absolutely love it here, I’m not just saying that. The club have looked after me so it’s all just about getting appearances and setting a benchmark for myself and hopefully earning the extension that the club have got on my contract.
“Speak to my agent, but I know the club have got an option. If they were to take that up, I’d be over the moon. I’ve got to give myself a platform for whatever the future holds but I want it to be here. If I can stay fit and play games, it gives myself a real chance wherever it may be. But I hope it is here.
“I want to be out there as much as I can. I want to thank the staff, especially the physios, for giving me everything I need. I want to be out there as much as I can. It’s frustrating. I think at times people forget that no one wants to be injured. I want to be out there giving everything I’ve got but it’s not about me. It’s about the team – they’ve given me the platform to come in and they’ve been playing well.
“I want to test myself. I want to play anywhere, whether it’s in the middle, on the right or out on the left. The boys have done terrifically well but it so happens today that Akin [Famewo] couldn’t be selected against his parent club. However, the opportunity comes around, you need to take it. I wanted to do myself justice today for however long I was out there and I hope I did that.”
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