Chris Solly wants to end his career at Charlton.

The popular defender came through the Addicks’ academy, making his debut against Norwich in May 2009.

Saturday’s game at Scunthorpe marked his 250th appearance for the club.

And Charlton first-team captain Solly hopes to become a one-club man.

He said: “It’s strange to be honest, I remember being a young kid at about 18, 19, going on Christmas dos and the boys were all saying ‘you’ll be at Charlton for your whole career’ like bantering me.

“I always enjoyed them saying it, I thought ‘I’d like to be a one-club man and I’d like to be at Charlton for my whole career’ – and that hasn’t changed to be fair.”

Solly has been promoted and relegated with Charlton.

He was part of the record-breaking team that amassed 101 points to top League One in 2012, but couldn’t stop their return to England’s third tier four years later.

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During Charlton’s spell in the Championship, Premier League clubs showed strong interest in Solly.

But he stayed loyal to the Addicks and has signed new contracts since making his first-team bow.

Solly, who is Charlton’s longest-serving player despite being only 26, added: “There’s not been a time when I’ve thought about leaving.

“I’ve always enjoyed being at the club, even through the difficult times, I always thought ‘if we come out the other side, it’ll be nice to still be here and be a part of that’.

“And that’s how I’m still feeling now, I want to get the club back into the Championship and be a part of that.”

Karl Robinson appointed club captain Johnnie Jackson to his coaching staff in the summer. Subsequently, Solly has become Charlton’s leader on the pitch.

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Chris Solly | Picture: Benjamin Peters Photography

The Addicks have made a strong start to their second successive campaign in League One, they are sixth with two games in hand.

And Solly, a former ball boy at the Valley, says promotion this season would mean as much to him as his last one.

He said: “It was a dream since I was a little kid to make it as a professional footballer.

“Then as soon as I signed for Charlton as an eleven-year-old, my aim was to get into the first-team and make as many appearances as I could.

“The group of lads we had for my first promotion were unbelievable – and I see similarities this season to what we had then.

“We’ve got an unbelievable group of lads. And of course, captaining the side [to promotion] would be nice as well.

“But the first one was always special. So they both would mean as much to me really.”