King ready to prove worth

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King is determined to prove his injury critics wrong and earn a new deal at White Hart Lane.

King's career has been blighted by injury, and with his contract ending next summer, is fighting for another chance with Spurs.

After seeing Jonathan Woodgate released last summer, King knows that he has to make a big impression this season, and now fit again, isn't giving up the fight.

"This is my biggest season at Spurs yet," said King.

"It is the first time I have been in a situation like this - when my contract is up. So it is a big season.

"I have to prove I am still worth it. I can't see myself pulling on a shirt for anybody else at this stage of my career - although a player can never say never.


"At the end of the day, I just want to stay fit and if I can play, let's see what position that puts me in at the end of the season. It is down to me to play the games. If I don't play enough games, it is a difficult position.

"We will see what the situation is when all is said and done. If I get to 20 [games], I am not going to stop! I will keep playing as many as I can.

"At the moment I am just trying to bed in, get a bit of fitness and hopefully not get any niggles. If I can do that, I can get stronger and keep playing."

King's challenge to win a new contract has begun in impressive fashion, appearing in wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Liverpool and Wigan Athletic, consecutive appearances that have been a rarity for the England defender.

"It is only three games at the moment, so I have got to keep working hard and stay fit for the rest of the season," he maintained.

"Last season I had a groin problem and have worked hard over the summer to get that right.

"Then I came back feeling good about the groin and the knee needed a bit of a clean-up again. That messed up my pre-season and obviously knocked me back.

"I was hoping to get a proper pre-season in this year, but that didn't happen, so I have had to build back up again. Hopefully it is behind me now."

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