Chris Solly is Charlton’s current longest-serving player after making his Addicks debut on the final day of the 2008/09 season and joined Johnnie Jackson in making his 200th appearance for the club last season.
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Ever-reliable, the 25-year old has earned his reputation as a firm fans’ favourite with the Valley faithful thanks, in no small part, to his always-committed and cultured performances over the years.
The right-back, who has also proven to be more than capable in a midfield berth, took the captain’s armband on numerous occasions last term in the absence of regular skipper Jackson, and made a total of 35 appearances during 2015/16.
Solly is a two-time Player of the Year winner having won the accolade back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 and could well have won the award for a third time but for a problematic knee injury limiting his game time in 2013/14. That injury has meant that the defender has since had to carefully manage his game time, but he is expected to continue to rack up the appearances in 2016/17 and could be bearing down on the 250-mark come the end of this season.
Although another campaign passed without the former England youth international getting on the scoresheet, he does have two career goals to his name for Charlton, with the last of those coming in spectacular fashion against Blackpool in 2012.
Having been instrumental towards the Addicks’ last promotion from League One in 2011/12, five years later, Solly will be calling on that experience in the hope of doing the same again.