Corey Blackett-Taylor has signed a new contract with Charlton Athletic which will keep him at The Valley until the summer of 2023.
The 24-year-old originally only joined until January this summer, but his performances in the first 17 games of the season have deserved recognition. Blackett-Taylor has shown his quality in previews, especially in the draws against Gillingham and Portsmouth, but will be keen to build on the start he made and help the Addicks’ efforts as and when the season is progressing.
The former Aston Villa man expressed his joy at the deal when he spoke to the club website.
He said: “Right away, when I arrived here, I already had the feeling that this is where I wanted to be. I just had this motivation to get a longer contract and as soon as it was offered to me I knew I was going to sign it, I’m glad we came to an agreement and everything is settled now.
There is fierce competition for wide area spots in Charlton with Jonathan Leko, Charlie Kirk and Diallang Jaiyesimi all vying for a flank spot. Primarily used as an impact substitute so far, Blackett-Taylor is hoping to earn a point in the squad under Johnnie Jackson in the near future.
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The new agreement has been well deserved. If Charlton had waited too long, other third tier clubs would have been interested in acquiring Blackett-Taylor for the second half of the season.
The Addicks are still a long way from the pace they would like to be at this point. Charlton collected just nine points in his first 13 games before Nigel Adkins’ sacking and has scored ten in just four league games since. The gap between them and the top six is nine points as they prepare to host league leaders Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
It will be interesting to see how important Blackett-Taylor plays against the Pilgrims on Saturday after receiving the good news.