New deal motivates Moss
Neil Moss has set his sights on regaining a place in the Bournemouth first team after agreeing a contract extension.
By Peter Fraser
Last Updated: 04/09/07 5:34pm
Neil Moss has set his sights on regaining a place in the Bournemouth first team after agreeing a contract extension to keep him at the club until 2009.
The Cherries goalkeeper has agreed the 12-month extension to his current deal at the expense of a previous appearance related clause after losing his place in manager Kevin Bond's first XI.
Canadian shot-stopper Asmir Begovic, who arrived on loan from Portsmouth at the start of the season, has replaced Moss as the Cherries No.1 and he has therefore been restricted to only one first-team appearance in the current campaign - against West Brom in the Carling Cup.
Although Moss admits the new deal provides more security the 32-year-old insists his main aim is to fight for his starting place.
"Through no real fault of my own, I didn't start the season so the appearance clause was a waste of space really because I was going to struggle to play 35 games," Moss told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
"The manager and chairman spoke to me because they realised I wasn't happy about not playing. They asked if it would appease the situation if they replaced the option with a second year.
"I told them it would in respect of money, family and security, but my main issue has always surrounded playing. If you're playing, everything else takes care of itself.
"My main aim at the moment is to get back in the team, which is where I feel I deserve to be. I felt my contribution was positive towards us staying up last season.
"I'm too old to be sitting on the bench. I've never enjoyed watching too much and don't enjoy games when there is nothing on them.
"It's the manager's decision and while I've got all the respect in the world for the manager, I don't agree with him on this one."