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Addicks opt to release Haynes

Posted: Thu 16 May 2013
Author: Jimmy Stone
Danny Haynes and Leon Cort

Danny Haynes and Leon Cort

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Club decide not to extend striker's contract, while Cort confirmed until June 2014

Jimmy Stone reports

Charlton have decided not to take up an option to extend the contract of Danny Haynes, the club announced on Thursday, but have confirmed that Leon Cort will stay at the club until June 2014.

Haynes, 25, scored seven goals in 20 games for the Addicks last term, but his time at The Valley was hampered by injuries.

The Peckham-born forward, who represented the club’s academy before being released aged 16, was re-signed from Barnsley in January 2012, but started just 15 times in his total of 34 appearances. 

Haynes scored stunning goals against Derby County and Leicester City last term, but last featured for the Addicks against Bolton Wanderers at the end of March.

Fourteen of his appearances came towards the end of the 2011/12 season, and he scored in the 3-2 victory over Hartlepool United on the day Chris Powell’s men lifted the League One trophy. 

Talking exclusively to www.cafc.co.uk, the Addicks boss revealed that it was a tough decision to let the former Ipswich Town and Bristol City man leave the club.

“After weighing up all aspects of the deal, it’s with regret that we’ve reached this decision, and we wish Danny all the best,” said Chris.

“Some of his goals last season were outstanding, and the one against Derby at home was the players’ favourite of last season, but we have to take everything into account when considering new deals.”

Bermondsey-born defender Cort, 33, played an important role in the club’s return to the Championship during 2011/12, forcing his way into the team in December 2011 before helping Powell’s men to seven clean sheets in 12 League One appearances. 

The Guyana international was also a key member of the Addicks back four that helped Charlton to a ninth-placed finish on their return to the second-tier.
 
The former Burnley centre-half made 31 starts for Powell’s men, and although a knee injury sustained against Burnley in March kept him out of the run-in, his two goals during the 2012/13 campaign included Charlton’s first back in the Championship against Birmingham City in August 2012.
  
Said Powell: “We’re pleased to have Leon’s experience on board again for next season and, alongside Michael Morrison and Dorian Dervite, we have three good centre-backs competing for a first-team place.”