Simonsen vows to battle on

29 May 2009 05:02
Steve Simonsen insists he has no desire to leave Stoke and is prepared to fight for a place in the side. The former Everton and Tranmere keeper currently finds himself behind Danish international Thomas Sorensen in the Britannia Stadium pecking order. He was restricted to just five Premier League outings last season as Tony Pulis refused to tinker with a side generating positive results. His lack of action had led to suggestions that he could be looking to move on this summer, but Simonsen claims that is not the case. "Once somebody establishes themselves in the team and gets a run of games under their belt, and performs well, you just don't know when your next chance is going to come along," he told the club's official website. "A few years back I'd gone something like 150 games, and that's spanning over three seasons, without missing a game, so whoever was sat on the bench behind me at that time - Russell Hoult and Big Ed (de Goey) - they were in the same position as I've found myself in this season and it's very difficult." He added: "I'm more than happy at the club. I've still got a year left on my contract and we'll see what happens next season. "Whether the manager wants me to remain at the club I don't know, but we'll discuss that in due course. "But I'm more than happy to stay and fight for a place in the team." Simonsen has been with Stoke since arriving from Everton in 2004 and admits he cannot see his future anywhere else. "I adore the club and the fans are absolutely fantastic," he said. "I've spent five or six fantastic seasons here and there's no reason why I would want to leave at the moment. "But again that comes down to if the manager wants me to remain here, but it's a little bit early to be discussing things like that. "Once we get back from pre-season we'll discuss it and see which way he wants to go but from my point of view I'm more than happy to stay at the club and fight for a place. "It's a fantastic football club that's really going places."

Source: SKY_Sports

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