Mark Schwarzer has revealed that he has held initial talks with Fulham over extending his contract at Craven Cottage.
The Australian international has his sights set on representing his country at next year’s World Cup in Brazil but appreciates that his international ambitions – and the longevity of his playing career – are dependent on him remaining number one at club level.
I feel really good and don’t think the age thing is hindering my performances in any way. I’ve had some initial discussions and the intentions are there at the club to keep me. But in what capacity we’ll have to wait and see. I want to be playing each week – that’s the key for me. I love playing and don’t want to be No.2 anywhere.
The World Cup is also a huge priority and the reality is if I am not playing I don’t think it would be possible to be a part of the national team. I just want to be out there enjoying every minute – especially at this stage of my career. If that means I have to move on at the end of the season, then that’s fine also. Let’s just see how we go.
Schwarzer, who turned 40 last October, is now the second-oldest man in the Premier League, with only Tottenham’s second choice goalkeeper Brad Friedel behind him. The Fulham goalkeeper, who kept a clean sheet as Martin Jol’s side held Norwich at Carrow Road yesterday, is adamant that he hasn’t remotely considered hanging up his boots yet.
No, not yet. I will just keep my head down and keep training hard – the last few weeks have been particularly good on a personal level.
I am enjoying my football again and I’ll keep doing my job and see what happens at the end of the season. As long I’m fit and performing, then there’s every chance I can play on for at least another season after this one.