Nash admits Stoke cash lure
Carlo Nash says the financial security offered by Stoke was the reason behind him signing.
Last Updated: 14/07/10 11:31am
Stoke goalkeeper Carlo Nash says the financial security offered by the club was the reason behind him joining the Potters.
Nash was released by Premier League rivals Everton but manager Tony Pulis swooped quickly to bring the shot-stopper to the Britannia Stadium for a second time.
And while the 36-year-old realised he will probably be behind Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic in the pecking order, he is happy to sit on the sidelines as the contract paid by the club helps maintain his family.
"Obviously I want to be playing," said Nash in The Sentinel. "But when you've got a young family and are getting towards the end of your career, it's more about paying the bills.
"It's a difficult decision - whether to go for something like this or for a No.1 spot somewhere else. But when there's a deal on the table, you've got to do what's best for the family.
"Most Premier League clubs have three keepers vying for the shirt because injuries can happen. It only takes one injury to change things."
Nash had still been training with Everton on their pre-season tour of Australia but quickly boarded a flight to Austria in order to practise with his new team-mates.
He has since signed a one-year contract and admits the opportunity to continue plying his trade with City was one which was too good to refuse.
Nash added: "I got my first inkling about Stoke last Thursday. Then Andy Quy, Stoke's goalkeeping coach, rang to say 'get back here because the gaffer wants you'.
"I flew back via Bangkok and Dubai. It took about 24 hours and I only got about three hours' sleep. And they mislaid one of my bags.
"When you're out of contract it's exciting, but at the same time it's at the back of your mind that if you turn down an offer something else might not come up."
Nash may see little game time in a Stoke jersey this season but the evergreen keeper believes he can continue playing for at least four more years.
"I'm a fit lad and I want to play for as long as I can," he said.
"I want to play at least until I'm 42 if I can, especially when you look at goalkeepers like Edwin van der Sar, Brad Friedel and David James, who are all in the 38-to-40 age bracket."