Schwarzer signs new Fulham contract

Fulham's Mark SchwarzerFulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarer has put pen-to-paper on a new contract that will keep him at Craven Cottage until 2013.

The Australia international’s future was uncertain due to his age, but the 39-year-old has admitted that he is keen to continue playing.

“I love playing and want to continue for as long as possible as long as the performances are there,” he told the Daily Mail.

“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. I look at Brad Friedel and he’s older than me so I’ll keep going as long as he’s going!

“He said to me he’s going to play for at least another two seasons so I’ve got at least that,” he concluded.

Schwarzer is currently sidelined with a spinal injury, but is expected to return to action in the near future.

By Gareth McKnight