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Frustrated Cureton is desperate to resume his starting roles with Exeter City

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

Exeter City striker Jamie Cureton does not like being left out of the match-day action Picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Jamie Cureton has admitted that he was frustrated to be left out of Exeter City's starting line-up against Torquay United on Monday evening – despite making his 700th career appearance during the npower League Two match.

The 37-year-old striker has had an astonishing career in English football which has spanned just under 20 years and seen him net 242 goals.

However, with not too many years left in the game, he said he just can not afford to let games pass him by, and hopes he has done enough to convince City manager Paul Tisdale to start him against Aldershot Town on Saturday.

"I'm always frustrated when I'm left out," he said. "I was frustrated the first time I was left on the bench and I'm still frustrated because I'm just desperate to play every game.

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"It is me, I just want to play. No matter how big or small the game is, I want to be involved and I want to be playing in it.

"I probably get more frustrated than anyone. I hate not playing. That is why I train every day, to play. And at my age I don't really want the games to pass me by.

"The manager obviously needs to turn the home form around and he has looked at it and come up with different ways. I have not been involved in the last three home games [from the start], but I've come on in two of them and hopefully I've done enough in them to show him that he needs me out there.

"That's all I can do. Hopefully I will be starting against Aldershot on Saturday."

Cureton, who sent into the fray as a substitute in Monday's 1-0 loss to the Gulls, would like to stay on at City beyond this season and feels he has done enough to earn a new contract in the summer.

"I think this season I have proved that I have definitely got another year or two in me," he added. "I feel fit and I have played nearly every game apart from my little run being suspended, so, if I can finish the season and get another 30 or 40 games under my belt and 20-plus goals, then it probably gives me another lifeline that somebody will want me around next year.

"It would be great [to stay at Exeter], but that won't happen until the summer. Last time I played here, we didn't discuss it [a new deal] until the summer then.

"I've just got to concentrate on what I'm doing this year, hopefully score more goals and get the club promoted and then we will sit down and talk."

Cureton was given his first senior appearance as a trainee at Norwich City in the early 1990s and hit his first goal against Chelsea.

However, the veteran striker, who a memorable spell at Reading and scored a crucial goal to get the Royals promoted to the Championship in 2002, says he does not want 700 games to be the last appearance milestone.

"I want to keep playing as long as possible and try and reach 750 or 800," he said. "As long as I feel fit and someone wishes to employ me and I can do a job, I'll keep going.

"I think I can achieve that, I feel really good. Obviously, I have got to take it year by year because with the age that I am, that is what happens with the length of your contracts.

"Every year I have to look at it and, if I have done well, then normally someone will give me another year and then you've got to do well again.

"It is one of those things, you can't afford to have too many bad seasons at my age, because once you have a couple of bad seasons people start to think: 'That's him over the hill'."

Exeter City forward Elliott Chamberlain has joined Bath City on a month's loan. Exeter manager Paul Tisdale said: "Elliott is a really bright young man with bags of potential, and now he has the opportunity to play regularly."

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