Wednesday 18 January 2012

Schwarzer signs new Fulham deal

Australian international commits to Craven Cottage until at least the summer of 2013

Mark Schwarzer joined Fulham from Middlesbrough in summer 2008

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Craven Cottage until at least the summer of 2013.

The 39-year-old joined Fulham on a free transfer from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2008.

"The 2014 World Cup is my goal without a doubt"
- Mark Schwarzer

The Australian, who is currently recovering from injury, said he is enjoying his football as much as ever and is eyeing a place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

"I love playing and want to continue for as long as possible as long as the performances are there," Schwarzer told Fulham's official website.

"I like to set myself targets and the 2014 World Cup is my goal without a doubt.

"I’m enjoying my football as much as ever and I try to maximise every opportunity I get.

"The saying I use is 'I’ll be a long time retired', so I want to do the best job I can. There’s plenty of time to feel tired when you’re retired – now is the time to enjoy it.

"I realised a long time ago what a great life I have and you have to be realistic and realise how privileged we are to play football for a living, at this level in the Premier League.

"In my opinion it’s still the best League in the world."

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Key Points

  • Keeper joined Fulham from Middlesbrough in 2008
  • Australian is eyeing a place at the 2014 World Cup
  • Has been out of action for a month with injury