Shwan Jalal fights for Bournemouth future

19 August 2011 10:19
Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal says he still hopes to have a future at Dean Court, despite talks over a new contract stalling.The 28-year-old has been replaced as the Cherries' first choice this season by summer signing Darryl Flahavan. [LNB]Jalal turned down a contract offer from the Dorset club over the summer and has not been selected since. [LNB]"I don't feel I warranted losing my place in the team, but I'll work to get it back," he told BBC Radio Solent. [LNB]"The manager has told me I was left out for footballing reasons, but obviously everyone knows that I turned down the contract that the club offered me. [LNB]"I'm not delighted to be out of the team, but I've got to get on with the job in hand. [LNB]"I never asked to leave Bournemouth. I never once hinted that I'm not interested in staying. I just felt that the contract that was being offered wasn't agreeable to me." [LNB]Cherries chairman Eddie Mitchell has publicly stated that the club cannot afford to retain two first-team goalkeepers and Jalal's availability has now been circulated to other clubs. [LNB]The Iraq-born former Tottenham trainee has made 142 appearances for Bournemouth since signing from Peterborough in August 2008. [LNB]"You'd have to ask the club whether the contract offer is still on the table," he added. [LNB]"I haven't spoken to the club any further about staying. To me the door isn't closed, it's from the chairman's side that the talks are unlikely to re-open. [LNB]"I've supported the club through every kick this season despite being on the bench, and if I'm called upon then I'll give it 150%."

Source: BBC_Sport