Joe Aribo studied for his BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport whilst playing for the College Football Academy team in partnership with Staines Town FC from September 2011-July 2013. His tutor Jade Easton congratulated Joe recently via social media when she heard he had achieved his dream career. Joe tweeted back: “Many thanks Jade for all your support and pushing me whilst I studied at Kingston.”
Academy Director Martyn Spong commented: “I was confident Joe would excel, as he had such a good attitude at training throughout his Academy career.”
On 23 December 2016, Charlton Athletic were delighted to confirm that Joe Aribo had signed a two and-a-half-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until June 2019. Charlton stated that “the dynamic midfielder has been around the first team squad this season, following a very impressive campaign with Jason Euell’s U23s side in 2015/16. Joe made his first league appearance as a substitute against Peterborough United at The Valley this month, with his full debut having come a few weeks earlier away at Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy.”
The 20-year-old said: “It feels great to have my extension sorted. I’m really happy to have it signed and now I want to get back out on the training pitch, work hard and keep improving. I didn’t know how it would go when I joined the club last summer. I’ve done so much more than I thought I would, I’ve exceeded my own expectations and I’m so glad that the Manager has recognised my improvements. Now, I want to try and get more experience. I want to play matches for Charlton and, if I play, then I’ll keep improving.”
Aribo was recommended to Charlton by former Staines Town Manager Marcus Gayle, who played with the Addicks’ U23s boss Euell at Wimbledon. Read more about Joe's signing at Charlton Athletic here.