Fulham manager Martin Jol has admitted he is considering the future of winger Damien Duff after the Irishman is yet to prove his fitness to the boss. 

The former Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea man is 34-years-old but has started all three of the Cottagers games this season.

His contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and according to the Mailthe Dutchman has challenged his player to prove he can still play in the top-flight. 

"A few years ago they told me he was quite old – he was 33 – and he's still playing, so I don't know [how long he can go on for]," said Jol.

The comments suggest the Fulham chief may be noticing a lack of fitness in the winger and is concerned about his desire to play. However, Jol is known for favouring more experienced players, much like former Fulham captain Danny Murphy.

'It was the same with Danny Murphy. Every year they gave him another year, but he was 35 and still one of our best players," he added. 

This could be Duff's last season in the Premier League but Jol thinks, if he proves himself, that the number 16 can earn himself a contract extension. 

"He's a true professional. What we will do for him is give him an extension if we feel he can play for another year," he concluded. 

Duff joined the West London club in 2009 after a disappointing spell with Newcastle United in which time he was relegated with the Magpies, scoring the own goal to eventually send them down. 

In his time at Craven Cottage, he has reached the Europa League final as well as having played over 115 games for the club, scoring 15 goals. 

 

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