We have heard from Jamie Cureton for the first time in a while. The 33-year-old striker – who failed to feature too much at the end of last season – has come out and said that he can’t afford another wasted campaign.
Cureton will be 34 in August and is clearly coming towards the end of his professional football career. He has one year to run on his current deal and has yet to discuss his future with Norwich boss Bryan Gunn.
There is a distinct possibility that Cureton could be well down the striker pecking order again this season though with Cody MacDonald and Chris Martin both fighting for a place in the team. Then, there are any new attacking players that join the club between now and August.
If this proves to be the case, it seems as though Jamie will not be happy. He is at the stage of his career where he has to be playing games. Overall, he says that he needs this year to be a ‘really big year’ for himself and for Norwich City.
In an ideal world, Cureton would be ‘playing every week and scoring goals’ at Carrow Road, but if this doesn’t become the reality – he may well have to move on.
Personally, I would love to see him doing well again. Regardless of whether I think he can still perform week in week out, I have always been a fan of Cureton’s character and passion for Norwich City.
The fact that he has over 130 goals at League One level during his career shouldn’t count for nothing either. He is an experienced head and one who has performed at this level before, so perhaps he can do so again.
To be honest though, I see Cureton’s role as a limited one. He would be a good player to have on the bench, a good player to make an impact late on in a game and a good player for the youngsters to look up to.
From what he has been saying though, it seems that this isn’t what he wants. He needs to be playing every single week. Should this turn out not to be the case (and it seems a good football bet that it probably won’t), maybe it is time for Cureton to look elsewhere.
by Thomas Rooney