Patrick Bauer wants his future resolved “as soon as possible” after he played the role of hero in Charlton’s return to the Championship.

The defender’s winning goal in the 94th minute against Sunderland during the play-off final at Wembley Stadium was remarkably his first all season.

It comes just over a week after he became a dad, welcoming his daughter into the world hours before helping Charlton see off Doncaster Rovers in the semis to reach Wembley.

But with the dust settling from the Addicks’ dramatic return to the second-tier of English football, the first time in three years, attention now turns to the future of their key players and staff.

Bauer, 26, who joined Charlton in 2015, is one of a handful of players whose contracts expire at the end of June in a few weeks’ time.

While the former Germany under-20s international wouldn’t be drawn too much onto what comes next he did admit to wanting everything to be resolved quickly.

“Today is everything about celebrating the promotion with Charlton but I think next week the club will probably speak with me about my future, if they want to do that,” he said.

“For me it would be best to do it as soon as possible because, from now until the season starts again, there's not a lot of time.

“I'd love to get it [my future] sorted as soon as possible.”

Asked whether his future at The Valley was contingent on promotion, Bauer added: “It's not just me, I think every player wants to play at the highest possible level.

“If we didn't manage to get up then we would've spoken [about it] but now we're up and now we'll speak.”

It’s been a whirlwhind of a week for Bauer, on and off the pitch, and despite the nightmare start he managed to complete a dramatic comeback late into stoppage time.

Bauer said it was too soon for his newborn daughter to come to Wembley to see her dad play, however, family on both his and his wife’s side were came together to cheer him on.

Asked whether he was on the phone to her after the play-off final win, he said: “She just said, 'Oh my God I'm crying', and, at the same time, the baby started to cry!

“She's absolutely delighted because she knows that, all year, I was working hard. It wasn't always easy for me and she's so supportive.

“She's just so happy that today we got the win and also that I managed to help the team.

“I just had a desire to score because last week [against Doncaster] wasn't my best game and I just wanted to help the team to get to the Championship.

“It has been a difficult time here at Charlton but yeah, I'm absolutely delighted that we managed to get back to the Championship where I started here at Charlton.”