Cureton sights on 200 club
Exeter striker Jamie Cureton hopes to join the 200 club having scored his 199th league goal at Rochdale.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 14/03/11 3:05pm
Exeter striker Jamie Cureton is hoping to join the 200 club this week having scored his 199th league goal at Rochdale on Saturday.
Cureton, 35, grabbed the game's only goal on the half-hour mark to make it 15 for the season and go within a whisker of the landmark.
The evergreen striker has a chance to hit the 200 mark this week when the Grecians host Yeovil Town.
"I knew I was two away," Cureton told skysports.com. "It's a real big thing for me.
"Being a goalscorer, I've always said that if I can get to 200 league goals it'd be a personal milestone and something I'd be really proud of.
"There was a lot of the game left and it would have been nice to have got another but it's good to get even closer.
"I try not to concentrate on it too much because as you get towards milestones sometimes it can feel like it's getting further away.
"Next game I'll give it my all and if I get to 200 league goals I'll be very happy. It's nice to be so close."
And although Cureton is out of contract at the end of the season, he has already set his sights on his goal target.
"I feel I've still got a few more years left so if I can get to 200 this year and add a few more then I'll be looking at 250 career goals," he said.
"Another goal would put me on 220 overall so I'd have to keep plugging away and keep moving on.
"I always set myself little targets here and there and I'm aiming for 20 this season. I need another five for that and I'd be delighted.
"Things have been going well this season. Every game I'm confident that if I get chances, I'll at least take one or two of them. Thankfully I've managed to nick another one so I'm really pleased."
That season at Colchester earned Cureton a return to his first club Norwich in 2007 but he suffered a frustrating three years at Carrow Road as he was sent out on loan to Barnsley and Shrewsbury.
Exeter then offered Cureton a one-year deal and the former Reading and Bristol Rovers frontman has revived his career at St James Park, giving City a chance of reaching the League One play-offs.
"It was getting to the point last season where I wasn't enjoying it at all, whereas now I'm loving it," he added.
"My first year at Norwich was okay but the other two weren't great, I didn't play a lot of football so obviously then you can't score many goals.
"I had four or five managers in three years at Norwich so you move in and out of the team, and eventually I just wasn't involved. It was a bit disappointing, I was a bit frustrated with football in general.
"But thankfully Exeter gave me a lift by giving me a year's contract, and I'm really enjoying football again. It's a new challenge, a great bunch of lads and a great set-up.
"Luckily I've played enough games and I've managed to get goals.
"I feel as though now I'm back to what I know I'm good at, which is performing well and scoring goals, and I'm enjoying it, which I think is the main thing."