Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bart-Williams Banks on Loan

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bart-Williams Banks on Loan

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CHRIS BART-WILLIAMS has a lot to prove in the next few weeks. The versatile midfielder has joined Charlton on a month's loan and is looking to secure a Premiership future at the end of the season.

He joined the south London club on Monday along with Portuguese international defender Jorge Costa, who is on a fivemonth loan from Porto.

Bart-Williams's contract at Nottingham Forest expires in May and the 27-year-old will be able to leave the club on a free transfer.

Unfortunately, he will not do so on the best of terms because he has turned down [pound]1 million moves to Birmingham and Southampton which financiallytroubled Forest wanted him to accept.

The club's board responded by telling manager Paul Hart not to play Bart-Williams, his captain, in the first team.

After eight years with Forest it appears his career at the City Ground will end on a sour note but, if he can impress Charlton manager Alan Curbishley, a brighter future may be in store.

Bart-Williams, who is in the squad for tonight's match at Chelsea, said: "I need to establish myself in the side here to prove to myself and a lot of other people that I am still good enough for the Premiership.

"The loan is for a month but there is an option to extend it until the end of the season and after that, who knows?

"My main aim is to get firstteam football and this also puts me in the shop window and provides options for me and Charlton.

I have been out of the top flight for a few years now and I am bound to have my doubters so, hopefully, I can show them what I am capable of.

"I did not want to accept the other moves because the timing was wrong but I am a bit disappointed with what has happened at Forest."

The former Leyton Orient player added: "It is nice to be back in London because all my family are here and I think Charlton are capable of doing well. …

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