Johnnie Jackson is ready to supply his own input into Charlton’s summer rebuilding job.
The Addicks club captain was the first to commit his future after relegation to League One was confirmed in last month’s defeat at Bolton.
And Jackson hopes to play a part in Charlton’s plans for the close season. He was the influential skipper when the South London club won promotion to the Championship.
There is still doubt surrounding the future of head coach Jose Riga. The Belgian boss has already stated that he would need assurances to continue - and that is before owner Roland Duchatelet has his own say on the matter.
But Jackson knows what needs to be built in a playing squad to have success in English football’s third tier.
He told Louis Mendez on Charlton Live’s Player of the Season podcast:”We need a solid base going forward. I’m going to do all I can do in advising the club over new players that come in and go out when the new squad is built over the close season and the season.
“I’ve got an important role to play, whether I’m on the pitch or not. I think I’m an important cog between the club and the fans, especially at this difficult time.
“I think the fans know that I’ve got the club at heart and I want the best for the club. I’ll try and be a go-between as best as I can.
“Ademola [Lookman] and Jordan [Cousins] picked up awards and if we can hang onto these players and build around them it can have the makings of an exciting season.
“Hopefully we might have reached rock bottom and from here on the only way is up. That’s what I’m hoping for.”