Jussi Silent On Retirement Talk

  • March 11, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen insists he has no plans on retiring from professional football, as he prepares to clock up 500 appearances for the Bolton.

Should he feature at Birmingham City on Saturday, the veteran goalkeeper will reach the landmark only achieved by nine players in the history of the club.

The Finn is still some way short of Eddie Hopkinson's record of 578 appearances, but believes he can play into his 40s, as long as he maintains his fitness levels.

"I'm obviously really glad to make that number of appearances but I always say it's really hard when you're in the moment to really appreciate it," Jaaskelainen told The Bolton News.

"As soon as I finish a game, I am right back on to prepare for the next one, so you don't really see the numbers stacking up.

"Of course, it's a great honour to get to this stage and look at the other players who have done it but I haven't been able to think about it much. Maybe it's something I will do when I retire.

"You see players and keepers going on right through their 30s and into their 40s and if I can keep injury-free, I think I can do that too.

"Right now I feel 100 per cent fit, I'm right there for every training session. You learn with experience down the years what you need to do to keep yourself going and keep yourself focused.

"You have to do the right things, not only on the training ground but also away from football, at home.

"You also need the right people behind you - and we have some top guys advising us and making sure that we go the right way."

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