Elliot prolongs Addicks stay
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot has spoken of his delight at signing a new and improved contract with Charlton.
Last Updated: 18/09/09 6:42pm
Charlton shot-stopper Rob Elliot has spoken of his delight at signing a new and improved contract with the club on Friday.
The 23-year-old's impressive form between the posts for the unbeaten League One leaders has seen him earn a deal which ties him to the Valley for the next three years.
As a local lad who supported the Addicks as a boy, the Academy product is delighted to be staying on.
He told the club's official website: "I'm very happy. The club is moving in a forward direction and it's good that they want me to be a part of that for the next three years.
"I don't think we could have asked for a better start this season. We've got to keep it going, but we know what we've got to do to get us back to where we want to be.
"Promotion was always our goal, but as a keeper I just want to keep playing well, get as many clean sheets as possible and hopefully get the club up and kick on from there.
"We have to go into every game with the intention of winning and as long as we play our game, I don't think there are many teams who will be able to live with us."
Last season, Elliot got his big break between the posts with the visit of Derby County just before Christmas and he subsequently played in all but two league and cup matches for the Addicks.
He added: "I think the fans can relate to me. I'm a local lad, a Charlton fan, and last year they could see I cared so much about the club.
"Being the keeper you often seem to have a special relationship with the fans as they're so close to the goal. They've been brilliant, the atmosphere has been great and we just need to keep it going.
"I've pretty much kept my place since starting against Derby. I've grown in experience and I've become more and more comfortable being the club's No.1. I know need to maintain that and help the team."
Elliot is keeping fellow shot-stopper Darren Randolph out of the team, but he insists there is no bad blood between the pair, who both came through Charlton's academy ranks.
He said: "For the majority of the time I've been here, he's been ahead of me in the pecking order.
"We've got a mutual respect for each other and we both understand it's football, it doesn't come between our friendship.
"He's probably my best friend at the club and we talk about loads of things. He helped me when I was down at No.3 and wasn't getting near the first team and I like to think I've helped him in situations as well.
"It's a good relationship to have and he's a good goalkeeper as well, so he keeps me on my toes.
"I know if I don't perform well, then he's ready to step in."