Charlie Signs New Shots Contract

Aldershot Town’s 2015-16 top scorer Charlie Walker has signed a new one-year contract with The Shots.

The 26 year-old notched 14 goals in 35 starts last season and has accepted Gary Waddock’s offer to stay at the EBB Stadium for a second year.

“I wanted to be here, I enjoyed last season,” confirmed Charlie. “I felt like I had an OK-to-good season and wanted to come back and improve on it. I’ve also heard so many good things about Gary (Waddock) and he wants to improve me as a player as well as improve Aldershot Town.

“I wanted to score more goals (last season), my target was to get towards 20, and 14 wasn’t good enough for me. I want to improve on that this year, and Gary thinks that the way we’re going to play will definitely help me.”

“You don’t get rid of goalscorers, it’s as simple as that, and Charlie is a goalscorer,” said Waddock. “He had a good return last season but we’ve spoken about developing his game and he’s got to hit that target again and more next year. He’s got the ability to hit the back of the net and I’m looking forward to working with him – every manager at this time of year is looking for a striker, and if he gets close to the 20 that he is targeting I think we will all be delighted.”

Charlie began his career in the Sussex regional leagues and came to prominence in 2013-14, scoring 43 goals as Peacehaven and Telscombe won both the Isthmian League Division One title and Sussex Senior Cup. Such form earned a move to Luton Town, where he enjoyed great success in the Hatters’ Development Squad but struggled to make an impact in the first-team. He ended the 2014-15 season with a loan spell at Conference South Play-Off Final winners Borehamwood and, upon his release from Kenilworth Road, joined Aldershot Town in June 2015.