It's all about next season as we face Peterborough this Saturday - but fans will be hoping for some of the spice that we saw in the last of our 'Xmas period' fixtures against Port Vale last weekend in a "thrilling 3-3 draw."

Peterborough United's nickname originates from the 1930s when their manager at the time was reported as saying that he was "looking for posh players for a posh new team.”

Almost, but not quite a century later, Charlton are in the same boat as our opponents. We're looking to the future, thinking of the 2024/25 season even as the present one is just passing the half way mark. After 25 games we're on 30 points, a whole thirteen away from the play-off places. Added to that, there are six teams between us and sixth placed Barnsley.

Peterborough, by comparison, are sitting comfortably in third though as we know in our own promotion campaigns, when you're up in the heights, you're hungry to get even higher. After two drawn games over Christmas, they've got back to winning ways in the New Year and will be looking to build on that this weekend, to keep pace with Bolton Wanderers.

To some extent, Saturday's match will be a good benchmark for the standards of this division. When Bolton beat us 2-0 at The Valley back in October, they arguably looked like the best team to visit us all season. As such, if nothing else, we might as well act as a measuring stick for those still in the hunt for promotion. Peterborough are certainly in with a shout.

Interestingly too, they're doing that in the midst of such speculation about their Jamaican international striker Jonson Clarke-Harris. Both ourselves and Wrexham have been linked with the prolific 29 year old who would definitely be a dead posh addition to the ranks of our squad and it looks like we are winning the Hollywood car-chase to get his signature.

This is very definitely an old-school Bradley Wright-Phillips kind of addition in more ways than one. When we first signed BWP in early 2011, it was the January of an inconsequential season. But that was effectively the starting gun for longer-distance efforts to assemble a team that could challenge for promotion in the following season. And just like BWP, if JCH becomes the newest acronym in SE7, the spine of another Championship challenge might be starting to form.

But we also need to keep the best of what we have to be a better match for the Wanderers, Posh and Pompey of this division - or their equivalents next season, which is likely to include Wrexham. With yo-yo club and old rivals Rotherham probably back in the frame too, with yet another championship relegation looming, it's going to be a tougher division.

That's why the Posh will be keen to get the business done as soon as possible and make it into the promotion places. They've definitely proven themselves capable this season and that New Year's Day win over Derby could prove pivotal.  And even without JCH, they've got a cadre of decent players, with goals spread out quite diversely across the team.

England C international Ephron Mason-Clarke will be one to watch this weekend. Almost ever-present this season, the 24 year old winger-forward has scored eight goals, making him joint top scorer with 22 year old Ghanian international midfielder Kwame Poku. Meanwhile, exciting young wing back Harrison Burrows has not missed a single game this season and is predicted to cause us problems on the flanks, especially with our habit of conceding goals at inopportune moments.

At least though a 0-0 is unlikely. Both sides are high in their goals scored and goals conceded statistics with the Posh averaging almost a 2-1 scoreline per game; 50 for and 27 against. We're at 39 scored and 37 against.

So maybe we should expect a spicy one against the Posh!