Charlton youngster Henry hoping for first-team chance

Charlton youngster Aaron Henry is hoping to be given a chance in the Addicks first team next season.

The 18-year-old midfielder has impressed on loan at National League side Wealdstone, whose manager Stuart Maynard has described him as “technically so gifted”.

And Henry is keen to get some game time either at Charlton or another EFL side.

Speaking to West London Sport, Henry said: “My loan spell has been really good. It was something that I needed.

“Obviously I was comfortable in the Under-23s so the next best thing if I couldn’t get into Charlton’s first team was to go on loan. Wealdstone seemed like the perfect fit at the time and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I haven’t really had the discussion yet but I think my performances on loan have warranted an opportunity, maybe, at Charlton next season.

“Obviously it’s down to me to have that conversation with the club. If that isn’t possible then probably another loan at the highest level possible.”

Henry is not ruling out a return to Wealdstone, who are 11 points clear of the relegation zone, having enjoyed an encouraging season.

He said: “I think, hopefully, the Football League would fit me. I think in 10 games I’ve shown that I’m comfortable at this level.

“Obviously if that doesn’t play out the way it can then I’d love to come back to Wealdstone.

“But for me personally, it’s a chance to try and play in the Football League as often as possible next season. We’ll see where I end up next year.”