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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 June, 2004, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Lisbie commits to Addicks
Charlton striker Kevin Lisbie
Charlton striker Kevin Lisbie has signed a new three-year contract with The Valley outfit.

Jamaica international Lisbie was sidelined from November onwards last season with a back injury.

But Charlton retained faith in the 25-year-old and manager Alan Curbishley told the club's website: "I'm delighted he's signed a new contract.

"He was playing his best football when he got the injury and hopefully he'll pick up where he left off."

Meanwhile, Curbishley is to be given funds to propel Charlton into Europe.

The Addicks missed out on a backdoor Uefa Cup spot after losing a draw for the Fair Play League.

We have to be positive and say we only narrowly missed out on automatic qualification
Charlton chief executive Peter Varney

Chief executive Peter Varney is determined there will be no repeat of Charlton's fade to a seventh place finish in the Premiership.

He told the club's website: "With our planned investment in the squad, it will remain an ambition to qualify for Europe directly."

Charlton, along with eight other hopefuls, missed out on Uefa Cup football after Armenian side FC Mika plus a yet-to-be-decided team from the Ukraine were chosen as the Fair Play winners.

Despite missing out, Charlton enjoyed their best-ever Premiership finish in a season riddled by injuries and in which they sold key midfielder Scott Parker to Chelsea.

Curbishley has already brought in Danish international keeper Stephan Andersen from AB Copenhagen and is keen to further strengthen during the close season.

Varney said: "We have to be positive and say we only narrowly missed out on automatic qualification for Europe."

"It is an ambition to qualify directly, although nobody underestimates how tough that is to do in such a competitive league."

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