The Club is delighted to announce that Mark Schwarzer has signed a contract extension with FFC. The Australian international will remain at Craven Cottage until at least the summer of 2013.
Since joining Fulham on a free transfer in the summer of 2008, Schwarzer has been an integral part of Club’s European and domestic success, helping the team reach the UEFA Europa League Final in 2010 and maintain its status in the Barclays Premier League.
Aside from his current recovery from injury, this season the Australian international has once again been a star performer for Fulham, proving himself to be amongst the very best goalkeepers in the League and has recently spoken of his desire to play at the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.
“I love playing and want to continue for as long as possible as long as the performances are there,” Schwarzer told fulhamfc.com. “I like to set myself targets and the 2014 World Cup is my goal without a doubt.
“I’m enjoying my football as much as ever and I try to maximise every opportunity I get. The saying I use is ‘I’ll be a long time retired’, so I want to do the best job I can. There’s plenty of time to feel tired when you’re retired – now is the time to enjoy it.
“I realised a long time ago what a great life I have and you have to be realistic and realise how privileged we are to play football for a living, at this level in the Premier League. In my opinion it’s still the best league in the world.
“I look at Brad Freidel and he’s older than me so I’ll keep going as long as he’s going! He said to me he’s going to play for at least another two seasons so I’ve got at least that.”