Charlton Athletic Academy graduate Taylor Maloney has committed his future to the club, signing a new contract until the summer of 2020.
The young midfielder, who made his debut this season, is one of 72 academy graduates who have gone on to represent Charltons’ first-team since 1989, with 14 of those going on to make more than 100 senior appearances for Charlton. Five of those 72, Lee Bowyer, Paul Konchesky, Scott Parker, Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Gomez all went on to become full England internationals, having started in Charlton’s academy.
And Taylor is not at all surprised by the success of the academy. Taylor said: “It’s the opportunities and training you are given here right from the U9’s through to the U23’s. The coaches are great and Karl Robinson comes to all of the U18’ and U23 games. He looks at all of the young players, and if we look like we are progressing, we are given opportunities to be in the first team environment.”
Taylor’s story started when he was playing for his Sunday league side, Long Lane FC. The midfielder was offered a six-week trial with the Charlton and, after a successful and impressive spell with the club, he joined the academy. Since joining the club, Taylor has become one of the latest academy graduates to progress right the way through the academy ranks, representing the club at all levels since he joined as an U14.
Back in August, the youngster made his senior debut in the Checkatrade Trophy against Crawley.
Recently, Taylor picked up a knee injury that has left him sidelined, but the youngster is raring to get back into the action for the Addicks once recovered.
Paul Nottage, Valley Gold Promoter added: “What more can I say other than yet another graduate that has made the first team with the assistance of supporter’s contributions to Valley Gold.”