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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 July 2006, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Bent pens four-year Charlton deal
Darren Bent
Bent was the Premiership's highest English scorer last season
Charlton and England striker Darren Bent has ended rumours about his future by signing a new four-year contract.

Bent, 22, scored 18 Premiership goals last season to finish as the division's most successful English striker.

"Although I'm flattered to be linked with the country's biggest clubs I owe Charlton as they gave me my Premiership chance," he told the club website.

"I've a good feeling about this season. If I can match what I achieved last season I will be delighted."

I want to build a young, exciting team at Charlton around individuals like Darren

Iain Dowie

The news is another boost for Charlton's pre-season preparations, following the arrival of new manager Iain Dowie and the signing of striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

"Playing alongside Jimmy is something I am really looking forward to, but I will be trying to score just as many goals as last season, if not more," said Bent.

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"Everyone at the club is optimistic about the season and it is great that I am going to hopefully be part of another successful season."

Bent only just missed out on a World Cup call-up, and Dowie was clearly thrilled to have retained his services.

"This is fantastic news for the club and I think the chairman is to be congratulated on securing Darren's signature for the next four years," he said.

"I want to build a young, exciting team at Charlton around individuals like Darren who have a great desire to play for the club and are desperate to learn, to develop their game and to achieve success with the club."

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