West Ham tie down veteran stopper

Jussi Jaaskelianen has signed a one-year contract extension at West Ham, the east London club has confirmed.

The 39-year-old played an important role in West Ham’s first season back in the Premier League in 2012/2013 but spent the second half of last term as the club’s No.2 stopper following the emergence of Adrian at Upton Park.

But Sam Allardyce has managed to tempt the experienced Finn in to another year at the club, and Jaaskelainen has expressed his delight at the decision.

He told West Ham’s official website: ” I’m delighted to sign for another season and I’m really looking forward to it.

“Hopefully I can put in a proper challenge to get a starting place again. Physically, I feel good now and I felt good last season so I hope I can carry on from there and play football.

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“You never know what is going to happen next season, but the only thing in my mind is to get myself ready to play.

“I am looking forward so that when that next chance comes, I will be in the right shape and right frame of mind to take it.

“That’s all I’m thinking about now. Obviously we all know that, whoever is in the squad, we all want to fight for that starting place, so let’s see. We’re all looking forward to next season.”

Jaaskelainen has kept 19 clean sheets in 56 Premier League appearances for the Hammers since signing from Bolton on a free in August 2012.


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