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Frustrated Cureton hopes to start against Aldershot

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

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JAMIE Cureton says 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 in the 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 says 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 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.

"Obviously I have not been involved in the last three home games (from the start), but I have come on in two of them and hopefully I have done enough in them to show him that he needs me out there.

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

Cureton 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 said.

"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 have 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 had his first 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 when he scored a crucial goal to get the Royals promoted to the Championship in 2002, says he doesn't want 700 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 have got to do well again.

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

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