Lloyd Sam is a midfielder for League One side Charlton Athletic, where he has been since he started his professional career. The 25-year-old was a mainstay in the Addicks side that came close to promotion last season, making 43 league appearances and scoring four times. However, Charlton lost in the play-off semi-finals and the once Premier League outfit face another campaign in the third tier. Sam's contract is set to expire this summer and his future is uncertain. A former England Under-20 international, Sam has extensive experience as he boasts loan spells at Leyton Orient, Sheffield Wednesday and Southend, and he has played in the Championship and the Premier League.
Is it worrying being an out of contract player in the current climate or is that now part and parcel of a footballer's career?
I'm accepting it and getting on with it I suppose. I wouldn't say I'm out of contract right now, I've got prospects. I don't want it to sound like I'm out of contract and that's the end of it. Say it was in August and I was out of contract it would be a lot worse.
Is it something that needs to be addressed in the modern game, as more and more players are now out of contract?
There are a lot of players out of contract, because obviously the money situation in football is not like it used to be. There are a lot of players, it's difficult.
Do you have any idea as to the standard you are aiming at and what level you would like to play?
I've played Premiership already and I've played two seasons in the Championship and one in League One. Obviously the aim is to move forward, so hopefully back in the Championship next season.
Is your future at Charlton at an end? And how difficult was it losing in the play-offs last season?
It's not completely been ruled out me being at Charlton next season. Obviously it's heartbreaking to get that close, the play-off semi-final. It's a heartbreaking thing.
What do you feel you would offer prospective employers? What do you feel are your best attributes?
Probably my best attribute is setting up goals. Next season I hope to add a few more goals.
Would you be prepared to go on trial at a club to prove yourself?
That's a difficult one. It depends what kind of club it is, it depends on the stature of the club. I would definitely go on trial though and back my ability.
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