CHRIS Dickson says he is unfazed by the arrival of Andy Gray at The Valley.

Manager Alan Pardew made his first transfer window signing by drafting in Gray from Burnley at the weekend, but Dickson is still up for the challenge of becoming a first team regular in SE7.

The rookie striker grabbed his first Addicks goal last Tuesday when his dramatic late equaliser earned Charlton extra-time in the FA Cup replay defeat at West Brom and he is hoping it will be the first of many.

He said: "I'm not really concerned about the players who do come in because obviously they are only here to make Charlton Athletic a better club.

"If that means there's another striker I need to be above, I will keep proving myself to the manager.

"At the moment I would probably say I'm fourth of the strikers, but I'm trying to climb up the ladder and get to the top."

He added: "I believe I can be as good a player as I want to be.

"Making an impression in training is a big start.

"I'm a big character anyway, so there is no way you can't hear me. I would be in the changing room and you could probably hear me outside.

"It is about making an impression by scoring goals and working really hard and hopefully if I can get my break, I can prove it on the pitch as well."

Dickson has been the talk of The Valley since his arrival from non-league Dulwich Hamlet last season.

A prolific spell in the reserves followed by an equally impressive three-month loan at Gillingham raised expectations and Dickson finally broke his Addicks duck at The Hawthorns last week.

It was a special moment for the Plumstead forward and one he will treasure for a long time.

He said: "I was ecstatic to get off the mark and that is a benchmark for myself, so I want to crack on from here.

"To score in the FA Cup is something else to go in the catalogue of Chris Dickson.

"The goal just came at that time and kept us in the cup for a little bit longer and seeing the fans' reactions was surreal."