Charlton: Fuller is 'major asset' says captain Jackson

By Rob Virtue on August 28, 2012 2:32 PM |

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Addicks captain Johnnie Jackson said he's excited at the prospect of seeing new signing Ricardo Fuller go into battle against defences in the Championship.

Charlton boss Chris Powell said at the weekend the 32-year-old Jamaican needed one or two weeks more training before being considered for first team action.

That means there is a possibility former Stoke striker, who joined Charlton on a free transfer last week, will be a substitute in the weekend's clash at Nottingham Forest or the following Friday's derby against Crystal Palace at The Valley.

Jackson said: "Ricardo's got a lot of Premier League experience and he's going to be a major asset as the season unfolds.

"We've had a couple of training sessions with him. It's been light training for the guys who have been playing so I haven't seen much of him. But when I have seen him he's got a lot of quality and he's a big guy. He'll be a handful for a lot of defenders. We welcome him on board and hope he does the business."

However, Jackson believes Fuller will have to work hard to displace Bradley Wright-Phillips and Yann Kermorgant from their starting berths upfront.

"The current front two have started very well," said Jackson. "They got two goals on Tuesday at Leicester and created more chances against Hull. They are causing problems for a lot of people."

However, Jackson believes the performance and work rate of the whole team has helped them get off to a great start in the Championship.

Charlton have picked up five points from a tough first three games.

"The opening game against Birmingham, where we bossed the game and created a lot of chances, gave us a lot of confidence," he said. "It gave us a wake up call that we can more than handle ourselves in this division.

"Promotion's the dream but we're not going to get that far ahead of ourselves. Last year we enjoyed winning and we'd like to take that momentum into this year. We've done it so far, winning one of our games and drawing two. We'll try to keep doing it every week but it will be hard. There's a lot of tough games.

"We're going to lose games and we're going to win games. When you look down the fixtures list you've got Nottingham Forest next, who are spending and unbeaten so far. Then the week after we've got a tough fixture against our local rivals. They don't come any harder. But we've got nothing to fear. We've got a lot of talent and a good group of lads who want to work hard for eachother and that can take you a long way."