Jamie Cureton: Veteran striker after Dagenham & Redbridge stay

Jamie Cureton
Cureton made his professional debut for Norwich in November 1994

Veteran Dagenham & Redbridge striker Jamie Cureton is eager to be offered a new contract and prolong his career.

The 39-year-old scored a hat-trick against AFC Wimbledon on Monday to take his tally to 18 goals this season.

"The season has gone very well. I'm more than happy to give it another shot next year if someone will have me," he told BBC London 94.9.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working under Wayne Burnett and playing for Dagenham. Hopefully something can be sorted out."

Cureton, who joined Dagenham on a free transfer last summer, made his senior debut for Norwich in November 1994.

He is keen to take his professional career into a 22nd season but understands he may have to wait for a new deal at Dagenham.

Daggers manager Burnett is also out of contract in the summer and is himself in negotiations over extending his stay at Victoria Road.

"I think most of the starting 11 are out of contract and the management are as well so it's a funny situation," Cureton said.

"This time of year most players would have been spoken to and would know if they are wanted or not and would be in negotiations.

Veterans hitting hat-tricks
Cureton is the second-oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Football League since the start of the 2006-07 season; Kevin Phillips (39 years and 223 days for Crystal Palace against Hull in March 2013) holds the record.
Teddy Sheringham (37 years and 146 days) is the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Premier League, for Portsmouth against Bolton in August 2003.

"We are all waiting until the management side gets sorted out.

"I have been in this situation since I was about 35 - where I only get one-year contracts - so I am used to being out of contract every summer.

"I'd like to get something sorted so I can enjoy a bit of a break and know I have a club to go to."

Cureton, at the age of 39 years and 222 days, became the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Football League this season against the Dons on Monday.

Earlier this season he set himself the target of reaching 300 career goals before he retired - he is now on 276 - and Cureton says he is relishing the twilight of his career.

"When I was a kid I thought I'd be playing football forever and you don't take a lot in," he said.

"As you get older you realise the job you are doing is special.

"The games mean a lot more to me now and I'm thankful."

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