Veteran stopper still raring to go.
Evergreen West Ham United goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is hoping to win himself a new deal at Upton Park as his current contract expires at the end of the season, Sky Sports reports.
The former Bolton Wanderers man will be 39 by the time his deal expires, but he has hinted that he is not yet ready to hang up his gloves as he remains Sam Allardyce’s first choice custodian as well as being one of the Premier League’s most consistent performers.
And now he is hoping to be given the chance to extend his career in the English top flight by stating that he intends to earn a new deal by maintaining his own personal high standards.
“My contract is until the end of the season and that’s what my aim is at the moment. But I want to go on as long as I can,” he said.
“The goalkeeping coach and backroom staff are fantastic and look after me pretty well.
“They know my needs and give me one or two extra days off now and then.
“Experience as a goalkeeper is important and the main aim is to be consistent.”
Jaaskelainen also credits Allardyce – the man he worked with for so long at Bolton Wanderers before reuniting at Upton Park – with helping to prolong his long career.
He added: “I like to work with Big Sam and like the way he has brought science to the game.
“When I joined him at Bolton we were a Championship side, and he hired peopled to make sure we were looking after ourselves and preparing properly for the match on a Saturday.”