Al Habsi Content At Bolton

  • August 04, 2009 | By Chris Mann
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Ali Al Habsi insists he is happy with life at Bolton, despite his limited first team opportunities.

Since joining Bolton from Norwegian side Lyn Oslo in January 2006, Al Habsi has made just sixteen first team appearances for the club, mainly down to the impressive form of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The 27-year-old admits it is frustrating having to play second fiddle, but believes his time will come.

"Every single day I learn something new from him," he told The Bolton News.

"He always trains hard, he always has focus on every match - and that is the most important thing for a goalkeeper.

"If me or Adam (Bogdan) wants to spend 12 years at Bolton then that's exactly what we have to do. It's fantastic for younger players like us to play alongside him.

"For me, Jussi is one of the best three goalkeepers in the whole country.

"He was fantastic last season. He looked like a goalkeeper playing his best football.

"Of course it is frustrating for the other goalkeepers in the squad to miss games but these things will come.

"We work like a team. Me, Jussi and Adam work together with Fred Barber and Neil Edwards to make sure that any one of us could play on a Saturday. It's the goalkeeper's club and it's fantastic."

Despite his low number of games, Al Habsi believes he is ready to be called upon at any time.

"It is always mentally hard being a goalkeeper because there is only one position like it on a team," he said.

"For me, I have to work hard every day and make sure I am ready. When Jussi got injured at the end of the season before last I had to be ready to step in, and I was.

"That was my chance to show I can be a Premier League goalkeeper and I think I showed everyone that I can.

"As a goalkeeper you have to be patient. You have to be ready and take any chance you get."

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