|C'mon ref - give an old guy a break for goodness sake?|
With the news that veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has signed a one year extension to his West Ham contract, older persons the world over have experienced a spring in their step as the 39 year old has set the 40 years and 9 months Giggsonian record as his target in terms of ultimate career chronological achievement.
The likeable Finnish-person was considered well past it by many when he arrived at Fortress Boleyn at the age of 36 years young, but he has more tham proved his worth as a key element of the Premiership-stabilising squad of the past two years. The arrival of Adrian has reduced his first team performances of late, but he remains an able back up in case of any mishap befalling the Spanish netminder.
However, one must wonder what the Hammers 'trainee' keepers must think - especially Irish international Stephen Henderson who has fought back bravely from a nasty shoulder injury and must feel that his time is nigh. His uncle Dave, of Bohemians fame in the League of Ireland, will undoubtedly be disappointed with events. 'Hendo' as he is known, patrolled the Northside club's goal with aplomb for many years.
|Made to wear Gateaux jersey - total disgrace for a Bohs legend!|
Meanwhile, sources have indicated that the increasing frustrations of Tony Cottee have boiled over to include a return to daily training with a possible view to a return to first team action for the bubbles brigade. At a mere 48 years of age, the youngster is still a mere cild in terms of the likes of Stanley Matthews and clearly retired too young.
|All available if needed to do a job...|
Unfortunately, his flirtation towards the end of his previous playing career with local rivals Millwall, however brief will undoubtedly impact negatively upon his selectability at West Ham.
|Another decade - supergood!|