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By ESPN Staff
Jul 11, 2006

Charlton new boy Hasselbaink 'ready to go'

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is looking forward to joining forces with Darren Bent after admitting he feels like 'a little boy getting a little bit of candy' having signed for Charlton.

Former Holland international striker Hasselbaink, 34, has signed for the Addicks on a free transfer after leaving Middlesbrough.

And the ex-Chelsea hitman is looking forward to teaming up with Bent, the Premiership's top English goalscorer last season, when the new campaign begins.

'I have definitely still got the hunger and I think I've got at least two more years in me,' Hasselbaink said. 'I'm just like a little boy getting a little bit of candy, I'm very happy and ready to go.'

Hasselbaink revealed he had already come close to joining The Addicks last season.

He explained: 'We have a young manager, (Iain Dowie) we spoke and I'd almost signed in January for Charlton. It's going to be a big challenge for me.

'Obviously there was speculation I was going to Celtic and yes we spoke, but it didn't come to any conclusion so after that Charlton came in and I made my decision straightaway.'

And Hasselbaink, who started his career in England with Leeds, believes he faces competition for a place in the team.

'Darren Bent is a magnificent young player but don't take anything away from Marcus (Bent) and Kevin (Lisbie). It doesn't guarantee me to play, I will have to show what I can do. I am up for that challenge.

'Darren is a very good player and I think he will only become better and better.'

Addicks boss Iain Dowie said: 'It's a big signing for us, he will bring lots to the team, most of all leadership.

'He has been a winner in everything he's done, his great goal record stands out and he still wants to achieve things.

'I think he will be a focal part of the dressing room. I like big characters and he's got that.'