Cottage still the place to be for top stopper

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Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer admits he's still loving life at Fulham, and has no intention to hang up his gloves anytime soon.

The 38-year-old Australian international produced another impressive season at Craven Cottage last term, and despite his advancing years is confident he can still make a positive impression in the coming years.

"At this moment in time I feel great and I’m working as hard as ever. As long as my performances remain good enough to play at this level I will continue to play," Schwarzer told the official Fulham website.

"I work very hard because the older you get it does get more difficult and you have to adjust yourself with age – the way you live your life, the way you eat and the way you train.”

A former Middlesbrough star, Schwarzer also highlighted former Fulham favourite Edwin Van der Sar as a shining light and role model for goalkeepers everywhere.

The veteran Dutchman retired at the age of 40 and still at the very top, claiming an English league title in his final season at Manchester United.


“For me someone like Van der Sar is a great example to follow,” Schwarzer continued.

“He’s someone I admire a lot for what he achieved in the game and what a model professional he is. To see someone of his age gives me inspiration and determination to get somewhere near that."

To close, Schwarzer set his sights on qualifying for the 2012 World Cup, a tournament that could potentially serve as the stoppers swan-song after more than a decade at the top.

"There’s even the potential, if I play enough games next season, for an option for another year and I’ve got my sights set on that and helping Australia qualify for the 2014 World Cup.”

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