The Evo-Stik League Southern
Published 16th June 2012
.....Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Redditch United.
The 34-year-old has settled in at the Valley Stadium after joining the club as Simon Redhead’s right hand man in May.
While the former Worcester City, Telford United and Willenhall Town defender will be mixing his new role by playing as well, he’s eager to learn and has quickly realised the pressures which come along with the job.
Charlton was a popular player at United between 2008 and 2010 and will be working closely with Redhead and new coach Kim Casey.
“It’s a learning curve for me,” said Charlton.
“When you’re a player the season ends and you get a chance to recharge your batteries.
“It’s different when you’re involved in management, you are never off the phone talking with players and planning for the season ahead.
“I am new to this but I will learn a lot from Kim Casey who is one of the best coaches around.
“I can’t wait until the football starts, I am really excited by the job Simon and I have got to do.”
Meanwhile, Charlton believes he still has what it takes to dictate on the pitch after playing forty times for Leamington last season, before a small four-game spell at Chasetown.
His experience could prove to be important for what will be a youthful Redditch squad playing in the Southern Premier Division next season.
He said: “I played a lot of games for Leamington last season as well as a few for Chasetown at the end as well.
“I am still in good shape and think I can still offer something on the pitch as well.”
Meanwhile, Joe Hull, Jake Bedford, Aaron Forde and Tesfa Robinson have joined Alex Hickman, Aaron Stringfellow and Sam Adkins by re-signing for next season.
The club have also offered striker Connor Deards a new deal to keep him but is thought to be interesting a number of clubs.
The management have also brought in a host of new faces, including Sutton Coldfield Town’s highly-rated keeper Niall Cooper, who was player of the year for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South side.
Winger Josh Quaynor has signed from Evesham United, while midfielder Jack Cresswell, who was released by Kidderminster Harriers, has also joined.
Former Romulus and Hinckley United attacker James Reid has signed, along with Solihull Moors central midfielder Will Richards, Bartley Green defender Daniel Morris and Cassius Newton, son of former Chelsea and Leicester player Eddie.
Meanwhile, strikers Luke Benbow and Jimmy Deabill have left to link-up with Stourbridge and Leamington respectively.
Redditch are now turning their attentions to drafting in more experienced players and are keen on adding Studley’s prolific hitman Lei Brown and the much-travelled and highly-rated striker Mark Danks, who ended the season at Welsh Premier side Airbus UK Broughton.