Despite Jonny Williams being announced as leaving at the end of last season, the chances of him rejoining Charlton don’t look slim.
In fact, while the Welshman trains with the Addicks during their pre-season tour, the likelihood of him joining them full-time must be growing.
The Championship newbies have been enduring some warm weather training in sunny Spain, and while they were there, Lee Bowyer spoke to the club’s website about Williams’ presence at training.
He said: “I just thought it was a good idea that Jonny came along with us. He obviously hasn’t got a club at the moment, so it suits us and it suits him.
“Like I said before things weren’t dead and buried with Jonny. We’re just waiting to see what options he has but obviously we’re interested in him.
“So, it’s good for him to come with us and get the pre-season that we’re doing so that if we do sign him he’s going to be up to speed with the rest of the lads. So it’s good for us and it’s good for Jonny.
“Even if he goes onto another club then at least he knows that he’s had good training and he’s ready for whatever he chooses to do.”
The 25-year-old played 18 games for Charlton last campaign, starting 14 of them, scoring one goal.
Williams joined Charlton in January 2019 from Crystal Palace on six-month contract – his first ever permanent move away from Selhurst Park.
The longer the pre-season goes on without Jonny Williams signing for another club, the more likely he will sign on for Charlton.
Charlton are beginning to turn the screw in this window, and with a number of departures at the start, they have begun to bring players in such as Lockyer and Aneke.
Williams has spent so much of his career trying to fight fitness and have a sustained period of time within a team that he might find it is the best idea to stay on at Charlton.
His social media and interviews have suggested he feels at home at The Valley and he could be an important part of Charlton’s season next year. He knows Bowyer and knows he will be involved.
For me, it would be surprising to see Williams go elsewhere, and as mentioned previously, the longer pre-season goes on without a deal for him then the more likely it will be he will sign for Charlton.