Callum Harriott is enjoying playing regular football once again at Colchester United.
The Charlton Athletic winger joined the U’s on loan in August after finding first-team chances hard to come by down at the Valley over the past 12 months, despite playing a major part in helping them secure Championship survival in 2013/14.
In his 12 appearances in League One this term, the former England youth international has flourished playing alongside the likes of George Moncur and Marvin Sordell, scoring three times and producing seven assists.
His form has been so good that most Addicks fans would welcome the 21-year-old back into their ranks with the club currently in the relegation zone and without a win in 11 games.
Shoot spoke exclusively to the tricky wide man about his impressive current form in Essex, Charlton’s struggles and his aim for the rest of the campaign.
How have you settled in at Colchester?
“It’s been great since I arrived here. I’ve understood the position of the club and it’s a great bunch of lads. Everyone here wants to move up the table and everyone wants to work hard. It’s a credit to the club and now we want to push on. I’m just happy to play again and to show what I can do. I think I’ve got a lot of assists and and three goals which I hope to add to before January.”
How important is it for you to be getting regular football?
“All I want is regular football. I didn’t get a good run at Charlton and the manager (Guy Luzon) wasn’t playing me. I was coming off the bench all the time and I wanted to be able to prove myself in a good run of games. I’m now getting that done at Colchester.”
What do you want to achieve before your loan expires in January?
“I’m hoping for about 10 goals. I know it’s a short space of time but I believe in myself and believe I’m good enough to score more between now and January. I also want more assists because as a winger my job is to put it on a plate for the strikers.”
What was your initial reaction when you were told you were being sent on loan?
“I was disappointed not to be getting the time at Charlton and I felt I wasn’t treated right. I’ve been there since I was eight years old and I feel I didn’t get the time I deserved. But so far it’s been a good loan move and I’m just happy to be out there playing on a regular basis again.”
Were you surprised by the quality in the Colchester squad?
“If I’m being honest, I was. After the first few training sessions I was really surprised that the club were in the position they were because we have a lot of good players. Obviously George [Moncur] has been great in midfield and I linked up well with Marvin [Sordell] when we were both at Charlton. All the lads have been great to play alongside and I think we can continue to move up the table.”
What do you think about Charlton’s recent struggles?
“I think since I’ve been loan, they haven’t won a game. I saved them from relegation with five goals in two games a couple of years ago but I didn’t get much of a reward. A new manager came in and that’s a process. You have to prove why you deserve to play but I just didn’t get enough game time.It’s been a big downfall for the club and the manager has left but they’ve got good enough players to not get relegated and get out of trouble. I’m sure they’ll get out of their situation, it’s a great club down there.”
Do you see am opportunity there now Luzon has gone?
“I don’t know what will happen in January. I just want to keep pushing on like this. I don’t know if I’ll end up there or if more clubs are going to pop up in January but that’s a decision to made closer to the time.”
So, no matter where you end up, what is your aim between now and the end of the season?
“My aim is to get more games and goals under my belt and to be part of a winning team. Hopefully, come the end of the season, I can get a contract at Charlton or, if not, somewhere else. I want to kick on, work harder and progress each month. If I can do that throughout the year, it should be a good season for me.”