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.'