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Fulham goalkeeper Schwarzer staying at Cottage

last updated Monday 13th July 2009, 9:04 AM
Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer
Fulham keeper
Mark Schwarzer
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Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has stated his desire to remain at the club for the rest of his career.

The Australian No. 1 claims that the move to Craven Cottage has given him a new lease of life as the club embark on a Europa League adventure this season.

The former Middlesbrough player joined the Cottagers from the North East club last year on a free transfer, and proved to be one of the bargains of the season, with his impressive performances earning him much praise from observers.

The keeper also helped the Cottagers reach seventh place in the table, which in turn secured them a place in Europe.

The 36-year-old is now entering the final year of his contract at Craven Cottage, and is confident he can earn a new deal with the club.

However, a new contract offer has not yet come, and Schwarzer admitted there was a possibility that he could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Schwarzer said, "We haven’t spoken about a new deal and, while I’m extremely happy at a club that’s given me a new lease of life, there is a possibility I could move on a free transfer at the end of my contract. "I haven’t ruled anything in or out. My main priority right now is to push through to the next World Cup.

"If I’m still on top of my game and enjoying things I will look to continue at the top level for at least another year beyond that."

The Australia international played all of Fulham's Premier League fixtures last season, and is looking for a similar appearance record in the next campaign.

Source Nick Turner at Goal
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