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Elliot commits future to Charlton

Rob Elliot
Elliot has previously had loan spells at Accrington Stanley and Notts County

Charlton goalkeeper Rob Elliot has signed an extended contract to keep him at the club until 2012.

The 23-year-old Addicks stopper follows Jonjo Shelvey as the second emerging talent to agree a new deal at the club in recent weeks.

Charlton boss Phil Parkinson told the club's website: "Obviously, we want to keep our best young players.

"With Robbie in the last year of his contract we were keen to agree a new deal with him."

Elliot has worked his way up from Charlton's youth team to become the Addicks undisputed number one.

As an ever-present this season, the Greenwich born 23-year-old is delighted to be an integral part of the club's unbeaten start to the League One campaign.

He said: "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."

Elliot was one of Charlton's few success stories last season when they were relegated from the Championship to League One, making his debut 10 days before Christmas for the visit of Derby County.

He went on to play in all but two league and cup matches, keeping six clean sheets and was chosen by fans as the runner-up to Nicky Bailey in last season's player of the year award.

With three new defenders in Charlton's backline this season in Frazer Richardson, Christian Dailly and Miguel Llera, Elliot has kept an impressive four clean sheets in the Addicks' seven league games so far.

Parkinson added: "It's another step on the ladder for Robbie as a goalkeeper, in terms of where he wants to go with his career, and he wants to be part of the club progressing forward.

"We've got a lot of work ahead of us - and so has Robbie - to get where we want to be, but we are making progress and this new contract is a positive sign of that."

"Robbie has played very well this season, so he deserves a new contract, but there has been a lot of work all over the summer and last season with him as well.

"Contracts in football shouldn't be given out easily; they should be a reward for people who have earned them, and Robbie is certainly in that category.

Now he's got to focus again and make sure he plays his part in taking the club back to where it should be."

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see also
Elliot agrees new Charlton deal
18 May 06 |  Charlton
Accrington sign Charlton keeper
02 Aug 06 |  Notts County
Elliot extends Notts County loan
02 Mar 05 |  Notts County

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