New boss Dowie begins to shape Charlton squad
New Charlton manager Iain Dowie has wasted little time in beginning to shape his side for next season with the announcement both striker Jay Bothroyd and defender Chris Perry are leaving the club, while centre-half Jonathan Fortune has agreed a new deal.
The 41-year-old former Crystal Palace manager was formally unveiled at The Valley yesterday, becoming only the south-London club's second manager in 15 seasons after replacing long-serving coach Alan Curbishley, who left at the end of the last campaign.
Before Dowie's arrival, Charlton had announced strikers Francis Jeffers, Shaun Bartlett and Jonatan Johansson would all be leaving this summer.
And now the Addicks have decided to release Bothroyd from his contract after just one season at The Valley.
Bothroyd, 24, had signed a three-year deal following his free transfer from cash-strapped Italian club Perugia just before the end of the August 2005 transfer window, but it was dependent upon appearances and he went on to make just four starts.
The striker was, though, sidelined for almost a month after blacking out at the wheel of his car in December, and in total made 25 appearances for the club, and scored six goals.
Perry, meanwhile, will not have his contract renewed.
The former Wimbledon and Tottenham defender initially signed for Charlton on loan in September 2003 in a swap involving Paul Konchesky, before a £100,000 bargain was sealed a couple of months later and he leaves having amassed 84 appearances in three seasons at the club.
Fortune, though, will be staying put as the centre-half has penned a new three-year deal.
He declared: 'I am delighted to sign a new deal at Charlton. Another three years is a good deal for me.
'I was out of contract, so there was some interest from other clubs - but I was always in negotiations with Charlton and wanted to stay here all along.'
Fortune's progress was hampered by injury last season, with hamstring and rib problems as well as a virus which laid him low during the closing months.
However, the 25-year-old academy product cannot wait to get back into action with the Addicks again next season.
Fortune told the club's official website: 'Last year was the worst season I have had at the club
'I have never really struggled with injury since turning professional, so it was a bit of shock to the system and frustrating. But I am fit now and am hoping to put that season behind me.
'My aim is to have a good pre-season and be on that teamsheet for the first Premiership fixture - that is always the aim.'
It was Fortune's late goal which condemned Dowie's old side to relegation on the final day of the 2004/2005 campaign.
The centre-half, though, believes the arrival of the former Northern Ireland striker will herald a new era. He declared 'It is a big change, a fresh start and the good thing is that everyone starts with a clean slate now.'