Josh Cullen expects his time at Charlton to come to an end this summer

Josh Cullen might be raring to go with Charlton’s promotion opportunity via the play-offs just around the corner, but the midfielder has seemingly ruled out any possibility of remaining at SE7 beyond the current campaign, with his loan deal set to expire in the summer.

The 23-year-old is set to return to West Ham after a stellar season in League One but some fans have surely been hoping that he would secure a permanent switch to The Valley. Unfortunately though, the dynamic Irishman has made clear his desire to fight for a first team spot with the Hammers.

What did he say?

Well, speaking about his time at Charlton and his future at West Ham, the 5 ft 9 workhorse said:

“I’ve always said that the main focus is to go back to West Ham and get a first-team place there. I’ll go back.

“They want me back to go and do pre-season and try and make my time there successful. Get in the first-team and warrant that place. That’s what I’m looking to do and hopefully that will happen.”

Can’t get Cullen

Having made 28 appearances for the Addicks, chalking up one goal and five assists, the industrious number 8 has been a huge hit at promotion-chasing Charlton, who would certainly be hopeful of tempting him back to The Valley for another season at least. The player himself, though, has other plans and few can surely blame him for trying to fight for a future at a Premier League outfit.

Check out what happened when two of Charlton’s best players faced-off in a game of ‘Splat’ in the video below…

Whether or not he can be successful, only time will tell, although with Reece Oxford having failed spectacularly to build on early signs of potential, it may be already too late for Cullen, who will have to fight for a midfield spot with the likes of 20-year-old Declan Rice.

What do you think, Charlton fans? Would Cullen get into West Ham’s team or would he be better served staying at The Valley? Let us know in the comments below…