Casper Ankergren is delighted to have signed a one-year contract extension at Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Dane penned his new deal this week and says he did not have to think twice about signing on the dotted line.
He told seagulls.co.uk, “I’m very happy and very pleased to be offered a new deal, especially now I’m 35.
“I still feel fit but I know that contracts don’t hang on trees these days, especially when you’re a bit older, so it’s important that you remain professional and train well.
“You have to make sure you’re fit and do all the right things off the pitch as well. I try to do all of those things and that has paid off for me.
“I love being here and around the people that work at this club. The social aspect of football is also really important to me.”
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The shot-stopper praised Inigo Calderon, who has also signed a new one-year deal, and is thrilled that the longest-serving players are being rewarded for their contributions to the club.
“Calde came just before me and there are still a few players left that got us promoted into the Championship. It’s good to see because a lot of clubs get rid of most of their players once they get promoted and sign some new ones, so it’s always nice when those players who achieve something with the club are still here.”
The 35-year-old then turned his attentions towards next season and is relishing the prospect of fighting for his place in Chris Hughton’s matchday squad, as well as revealing his plans for the summer.
“My ambitions haven’t changed at all since I started playing football as a kid. I’m always going to work hard, do my best and see where it takes me.
“The most important thing for me is that I can take a look at myself in the mirror and say I did my best and gave it my best shot.
“I love being around the boys, I love being in the changing room, so for me it is quite boring sometimes at the end of the season.
“I try to come into the club and have a chat with a few of the boys and then go for a 20-25 minute run two or three times a week.
“I try to do stuff with the family and go on holiday, but my wife is at work and my daughter is at school so it’s not always that easy. I’ll go to the seafront, have a coffee down there and the usual things that people will do when they’re on holiday.”