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Charlton boss Bowyer admits that financial uncertainty has made it harder to tie down more players after Morgan and Davison pen new deals


Youngsters Albie Morgan and Josh Davison have recently put pen to paper on new deals at The Valley – but boss Lee Bowyer admits it will be difficult to tie many more players down at this point in time.

Midfielder Morgan and striker Davison penned three-year and two-year deals respectively on Thursday but Charlton have a long list of players set to be out-of-contract at the end of the extended 2019/20 season, including the likes of Jonny Williams and Naby Sarr.

Financial uncertainty is the reality for many clubs up and down the country, as they have seen their income slashed with paying supporters forced to stay away due to Covid-19 regulations. The Addicks also have to contend with not knowing which league they will compete in next year and the fact that new owner Paull Elliott is still yet to pass the EFL’s Owners and Directors test.

“We’re trying to speak to players but, as you know, it’s been difficult, financially,” admitted Lee Bowyer when asked if he was close to securing the long-term future of any other players.

“I think most clubs up and down the country will be in the same position. Our club has been stretched and so will a lot of others. Doing the two young lads is good business for the club.

“But the most important thing, I’m not even thinking about signing players, players coming and going. I’m just thinking about three points on a matchday.

“That’s all I think now. This game [against QPR] is done, yes I’m happy. But my focus now will be on Cardiff from the minute I get home. I won’t be thinking about players – that’s not the priority for me at the moment.”

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