Charlton midfielder Jonny Williams keeping his options open on his future – but says it could be at The Valley


Charlton midfielder Jonny Williams is keeping his options open beyond the end of this season.

The 25-year-old joined the Addicks on a short-term deal until the end of this campaign after travelling across South London from Crystal Palace in January.

Williams had been with the Eagles since the age of eight but made the move to The Valley in a bid to return to first-team football and says he isn’t worrying where he’ll end up next year just yet.

“Not really,” explained the Welsh international.

Jonny Williams shakes hands with former Addick Josh Wright after Charlton’s win over Bradford. Kyle Andrews

“I’m trying to focus on Charlton and getting the club back in the Championship. Trying to focus on staying fit. Seasons go quick and fast so it will soon be the summer and I’ll be looking at my next step in my career wherever that may be. I just want to enjoy my football again. I’ve really enjoyed my time here, so who knows.

“Of course [I’d be open to staying at Charlton]. There would be a real feel-good factor if we were to get promoted. It’s a real good bunch of lads. I’ve enjoyed working under the manager, I think he’s improving me. I’m getting into better goal scoring positions and making an impact higher up the pitch He is helping me improve my game. We’ll see come the summer. I’m enjoying my football here and I don’t see why not if everything is good. So, we’ll see.

“I’ve had a lot of loans so it’s nice to have a fresh start. We’re in a good position at the moment. I’m enjoying my football and staying fit. Trying to play as many games as I can. The main aim was to try and get Charlton promoted to the Championship and we’re still on course for that. The play-offs are a bit of a lottery but I’ve got a good record in there so hopefully I can keep that.”

Jonny Williams during Charlton’s win over Bradford. Kyle Andrews

Williams has been on the receiving end of some dreadful luck with injuries throughout his career and history looked to be repeating itself as he was withdrawn from Charlton’s home win over Portsmouth last month with a tight hamstring.

“When I felt my hamstring against Portsmouth I feared the worst,” revealed Williams.

“I was looking at just making the play-offs, so it was a blessing when I saw the scan. For once, luck was on my side and it wasn’t too bad. I only missed two games in the end. I was delighted to be back to make the Bradford game. We got the win and onto the next one.”

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