Jussi Feared For Wanderers Career

  • June 30, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen has admitted for the first time that he thought his Bolton career could have come to an end last summer.

The 33-year-old missed the final ten games of the 2007/08 campaign with a back injury, and with Ali Al Habsi impressing during the Finn's spell on the sidelines, many thought they would never see Jaaskelainen in a Wanderers shirt again.

However, the club's longest serving player says he never wanted to leave the club and was happy to sign when he was offered a new four-year deal.

"Getting that injury was a big concern for me because it came at an awful time," Jaaskelainen told The Bolton News.

"I wouldn't have a contract at the end of the season and it was 50-50 whether I might need an operation.

"Luckily I got fit and didn't need the operation. Straight after the last game the chairman came to me and said 'We have to sort this contract out' and a week later it was all sorted.

"I left all that to my agent, as I always do, but it was a big thing for me that it was sorted out very quickly.

"I know there was a lot of speculation that I would be moving on, but I never really wanted to go anywhere else."

After recovering from his injury, Jaaskelainen went on to become an ever-present for Wanderers last season.

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