Josh Cullen will return to West Ham United in the summer but says that his time on loan at Charlton has provided him with some priceless experience.
The 23-year-old has made three cameo appearances off the bench for the Hammers in the Premier League but now hopes that he’ll be able to establish himself as a first-teamer at London Stadium following his year in South London.
“I’ve always said that the main focus is to go back to West Ham and get a first-team place there,” explained the midfielder, who has made 28 League One starts in an injury-disrupted season at The Valley.
“I’ll go back. They want me back to go and do pre-season and try and make my time there successful. Get in the first-team and warrant that place. That’s what I’m looking to do and hopefully that will happen.
“I think it’s important for every player – playing games and improving, developing yourself. You only get that through playing games. To come out and play for a team with great players and who are fighting for promotion at a massive club has been brilliant for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully I can finish my time here with promotion.
“[Lee Bowyer] has been brilliant for me. When I first signed I said that was one of the main reasons I chose to come here, to work under a manager like Bows. His record and his playing career speaks for itself. To come here and learn from a manager like that who played in a similar position to myself and had the career he had, how good a player he was, that was a key factor in coming and trying to learn from him.”