Friedel undecided over future
Brad Friedel insists he will decide nearer the end of the season whether to continue playing next term.
Last Updated: 28/01/11 9:46am
Aston Villa veteran Brad Friedel insists he will decide nearer the end of the season whether to continue playing next term.
The American shot-stopper will become Villa's oldest-ever player if he features against Manchester United on Tuesday, surpassing the record of 39 years and 257 days set by Ernie Callaghan in 1947.
Friedel is now in his third season at Villa Park following a lengthy spell with Blackburn, the team the club faces in Saturday's FA Cup clash, and is not worried about turning 40 in May.
The former USA international is just taking things one game at a time and focusing on maintaining his high level of fitness.
"I don't know if it will be a good thing or a bad thing to be the oldest player ever to play for the club," said Friedel.
"I will continue to just keep myself as fit as possible and hopefully be chosen to play football matches.
"Age is a number. I don't think about it. I just go by how I feel. If I feel good and able to play - that makes me happy.
"If the time comes when I don't feel good, and I'm not able to play, I will start looking to do something else.
"As long as I feel good, I will carry on. I will know closer to the end of the season than right now."