Jimmy Stone reports
Charlton academy graduate Joe Pigott has signed a new contract to keep him at the club until 2016, the club announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The exciting homegrown striker made his League debut for the Addicks in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City, and has been at the club since U15 level.
Pigott’s introduction means that no fewer than six former members of Charlton’s renowned academy have featured for the first team in the Championship this term – three of whom were part of last season’s title winning development squad.
Speaking exclusively to cafc.co.uk
, Pigott revealed his pleasure at signing the deal.
“To commit to the club was exactly what I want to do as a young player so I’m very happy,” he said.
“There are role models all around the club that have come through the academy to play for the first team. It’s a great club to be at for any youngster.
“If you have the right mentality as a youngster you give yourself the best chance possible, and being at Charlton, you have that chance.”
After finishing runaway top scorer for Charlton’s development side last season with 22 goals, including a vital double in the Kent Senior Cup semi-final and a crucial goal in the U21s play-off final, former U21s boss Nathan Jones described the striker as ‘the best finisher’ he’d ever worked with.
The Maidstone-born attacker also spent time on loan at Bromley last season – where he netted four times in eight appearances for the Lillywhites.
The striker, who scored in Charlton’s 4-0 Capital One Cup victory over Oxford United in August, also won praise from Chris Powell following his impressive display at Huddersfield Town in the second round of the same competition.
And after his impressive start to the 2013/14 campaign, Powell was delighted to have tied down the young striker for the next three years.
“I’m really pleased we managed to tie up Joe’s future,” he said.
“It’s in our DNA here at Charlton to give our young players a chance, and Joe has shown everyone what it takes to have that desire to move on from the academy and U21s.
“The list is endless with regards to players that we’ve produced that have played for our first team and as you can see with Joe I’m not afraid to include them.
“Joe knows there is a long way to go but what we’ve seen so far we feel there’s a lot to like and a lot to come from him and hopefully he’ll be a player for our future.
Pigott follows in the footsteps of last season’s young player of the year and fellow academy graduate Callum Harriott, who also signed a three-year deal with the club in June.