Charlton: Euell's loving favourites tag

By Rob Virtue on August 17, 2011 12:09 PM |

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Charlton are relishing their role as the team to beat in League One this season, according to returning hero Jason Euell.

The Addicks continued their 100 per cent record with a 2-0 win at Colchester on Tuesday night to remain top of the league after three games.

And Euell, who re-signed for the club after a five-year break, said it made a change to be in SE7 without the underdog tag that stayed with them throughout his last spell at The Valley under Alan Curbishley.

"Driving into the Sparrows Lane training ground still feels the same as it did 10 years ago," said the 34-year-old.

"The difference is that Charlton Athletic is now the team to beat and we are promotion favourites which is a good feeling.

"Before it was all about survival and every year getting to that 40 point mark. Now we've really got something to achieve and all the players are relishing it."

Euell trained with the Addicks to keep his fitness up during the summer, before manager and former teammate Chris Powell moved to secure his future to the League One promotion hopefuls.

The forward made his second debut - following his previous bow in 2001 - as a substitute in the victory over Notts County on Saturday.

Already a fans' favourite from his last spell, he was quick to show reciprocal love in the form of a skirmish with County's Neal Bishop.

"When the final whistle blew one of their players kicked the ball at our fans and me and Danny Hollands weren't happy about it," said Euell. "We just told him so and a few players got involved. It wasn't right and it wouldn't have been right if we did it to the opposition fans."

Even though he linked up with the squad for pre-season training, Euell said it was a surprise - albeit a welcome one - to secure a contract with the club.

"I was here for a few weeks," he said. "I was even training with the youth team for a spell when the first team was touring Spain. I had options but I told Chris Powell if there was any League One side I wanted to play for my choice was definitely Charlton.

"We have a good squad developing here and these are exciting times."