Steve Avory believes Charlie Barker and Aaron Henry can start at Charlton without needing a loan this season.
The young duo both played for the Addicks in the preseason, with Barker playing right-back in the second half of the 2-2 draw at Palace on Tuesday.
“For every young player, just because they have some first-team experience like Aaron and Charlie, it’s not necessarily the right thing to be on loan right away,” said the academy boss. Charlton, Avory. “We talk about it a lot – getting senior experience – but let’s not forget that we have a U23 development group.
“In the case of Aaron and Charlie, they’re still just first-year pros. Aaron isn’t 18 until mid-August. So they can grow with us.
“It’s about timing and finding some compatibility in terms of where they’re going? You have to find the right club and evolve under the guidance of the right manager and coach of that club. This senior football experience should definitely be taken into consideration for someone who is 20, 21 – but not necessarily someone who is 18.
“We have this development team and very good development coaches in people like Anthony Hayes who can develop them in U23 football as well. For some of the older ones, if they don’t quite fit into Nigel Adkins’ immediate plans, it will be the right thing in their development to continue to gain that senior football experience.
“I hope that one or two of them, whether it’s Aaron or someone else, can find their way into Nigel’s thoughts.
“Those [loans] will be discussions at the end of the preseason. At the moment, they’re all part of that group that’s involved in every game. “