Hasselbaink joins Bent in move to boost attack at Charlton

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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is looking forward to joining forces with Darren Bent after admitting he feels like "a little boy getting a little bit of candy" having signed for Charlton yesterday.

The former Dutch international striker, 34, left Middlesbrough on a free transfer. And the former Chelsea striker is looking forward to teaming up with Bent, the Premiership's leading English goalscorer last season.

"I have definitely still got the hunger and I think I've got at least two more years in me," Hasselbaink said. "I'm just like a little boy getting a little bit of candy, I'm very happy and ready to go."

He said he had come close to joining The Addicks last season. "We have a young manager, (Iain Dowie) we spoke and I'd almost signed in January for Charlton. There was speculation I was going to Celtic and yes we spoke, but it didn't come to any conclusion. So Charlton came in and I made my decision straight away."

Hasselbaink believes he faces competition for a place. "Darren Bent is a magnificent young player but don't take anything away from Marcus (Bent) and Kevin (Lisbie). I will have to show what I can do. I am up for that challenge. Darren is a very good player and I think he will only become better and better."