Walton up for Addicks challenge
By Pete Allison
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton new-boy Simon Walton says he is prepared to challenge for a first-team place.
Charlton new-boy Simon Walton is prepared to show the qualities that prompted Addicks boss Iain Dowie to sign him, during the coming season.
Walton signed from Leeds United last week in a deal that could cost up to £1 million, but made just three starts for The Whites last season.
However, his impressive first year in competitive football, which came in the 2004-2005 season, has prompted Dowie to make his move.
Dowie has already backed Walton to shine next year and the youngster is wary of fans' expectations of him.
"There will be great expectations because Charlton are looking to push on and the fans are waiting for big signings," Walton told the club website.
"I dare say not many will have heard of me, so there is a bit of pressure, but I am more than willing to live up to it."
The defender has also stated that he is looking to force his way into Dowie's starting line-up sooner rather than later.
"I need to get my head down and work and do the things Iain's brought me here to do," he said.
"Hopefully, sooner rather than later, I can be pushing for a place in the first-team squad or the first XI."