The 23-year-old midfielder celebrated his return to Charlton on his verified Instagram account, by sharing how delighted he was to be back with Lee Bowyer’s side.
“Delighted to be back and looking forward to the season ahead! Thanks for all of your messages,” wrote Cullen.
Cullen’s post saw Rice send him a four-word message in order to wish him the best of luck.
“Best of luck geeza,” wrote the Hammers midfield enforcer, via his personal Instagram account.
Cullen seems delighted to be back at Charlton, and who can blame him. The 23-year-old helped the London club win promotion from League One last season, as he racked up six assists in the league, including one in the play-offs, across his 32 outings. Given that Manuel Pellegrini has sanctioned his temporary exit, then it’s very likely that he wouldn’t have got much playing time at the London Stadium if he had stuck around. At least at Charlton, he can continue having another season regularly playing senior football. However, why Cullen and Charlton are likely happy about the move, it’s hard to not be disappointed from a West Ham point of view. The 23-year-old, who has managed nine appearances for the senior side, may not return to the Hammers once his loan deal ends, and Hammers fans may have seen the last of him as a result. Cullen’s contract expires in July 2020, and reliable Hammers source ExWHUemployee predicted on Twitter thatthe midfielder’s West Ham career may be all but done as a result. With this in mind, it just feels a shame that the club may not ever see the best of him.