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Returning Cureton dismisses rumours of move home to Rovers

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

  • Exeter City's Jamie Cureton is hoping to make up for lost time against Bristol Rovers picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Jamie Cureton has admitted he would be foolish to walk away from a promotion push with Exeter City and return to Bristol Rovers and aid their fight to avoid relegation.

Cureton, who returns to the City squad that travels to the Memorial Stadium tomorrow, has scored 16 goals for the Grecians so far this campaign, but his name is never far away from a return to the club where he enjoyed such success in the late 1990s.

This January transfer window is proving to be no exception with new Rovers boss John Ward seemingly keen on taking the veteran 37-year-old 'home' to Bristol and fire the goals to take the Pirates away from the bottom of npower League Two.

"I seem to be linked with them most seasons and again this transfer window. I suppose it is purely because of the trouble they are in and they need players," Cureton said.

"I don't know where it has come from or if there was any truth in it, but no one has contacted me and the manager has not said that anyone has contacted the club.

"It seems to be an ongoing thing this transfer window. Obviously I live there and I have friends and family that are fans and know it. I get calls all the time asking if I am coming, my Dad gets it too, but at no point was I ever given an option to go there.

"It does always crop up, but I have to be honest. There has been no contact. I am happy here and I have to get on with things."

Cureton added: "I have got a few promotions throughout my career and another one would be great. It would be quite foolish to swap that, but, as I said, the option has never been there. I'm focused on getting promotion for Exeter.

"It's a shame for me to see them [Rovers] where they are, but I work for Exeter and three points is vital for us to achieve what we want. I will wish them all the best after the game and I hope they achieve what they want to achieve and stay in this division. But I hope to come away with three points."

Cureton is almost certain to be named in Exeter's starting line-up after John O'Flynn suffered a hamstring injury in the Devon derby draw at Torquay United on Tuesday.

It is an instant reprieve for Cureton, who has had to sit out City's last three matches due to a suspension, after he was sent off for kicking out at an opponent in the 1-0 win at Wycombe Wanderers.

"I am not going to lie, I was frustrated going into the game, more so for not playing against Barnet," said Cureton, who was named among the substitutes for that game. "I took that quite hard and perhaps subconsciously I was a bit frustrated.

"Going into the game, I didn't think I was in that frame of mind, but, the way the sending off happened, it was out of frustration. It was out of character for me, I don't normally do anything like that.

"The game was going OK, but then it just happened. I can't put my finger on why I did it, but perhaps there was a bit of frustration in me, it over-spilled and I ended up doing something silly."

Cureton added: "I hate watching as well. I love watching football, but I hate watching when I know I should be out there playing and I get frustrated.

"Even in training, coming in and knowing you won't play on a Saturday makes it hard to motivate yourself. It has been hard for me.

"I love playing football and to have that taken away from me is the worst thing that could happen. But it was purely down to me and I had to deal with it."

After Tuesday's draw at Torquay, manager Paul Tisdale joked that Cureton had received a "get out of jail card" as a hamstring injury sustained by O'Flynn in that game gives Cureton an immediate return to the starting line-up.

It is one he is keen to take, although Cureton did have plenty of sympathy for his fellow front man.

"The team has been doing well in the games I haven't been involved in, so I don't expect to walk straight back into the team," he said. "It's unfortunate that Flynny has picked up an injury, but these are the sort of things that crop up in football.

"It's just fortunate that I come back at a time Flynny has gone out because we have a very small squad and we can't really be dealing with too many injuries and suspensions. Hopefully, when he comes back, we are still in a strong position."

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