Ex-Norwich man Cureton believes he can still cut it
David Cuffley Striker Jamie Cureton is still in limbo after being released by Norwich City - but is confident of finding a club where he can add to his 200-plus career goal tally.
Striker Jamie Cureton is still in limbo after being released by Norwich City - but is confident of finding a club where he can add to his 200-plus career goal tally.
Cureton, who will be 35 in August, was one of the casualties of the Canaries' runaway League One title success, unable to force his way into manager Paul Lambert's plans from November onwards.
But the veteran campaigner is keeping himself fit and his options open with the new season just over eight weeks away, and admits: "I will go where it takes me."
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Cureton, inset, who scored 24 times in 108 senior games in two spells with City, was one of five players offloaded by Lambert in May, his three-year contract coming to an end.
Reports of a possible move to Walsall proved a red herring, but he is training through the close season and is looking forward to playing again.
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He said: "I want to play at as high a level as possible but it's one of those where I have to see what is about and what I feel is best and then reach a decision. I haven't set my sights on any given one, I'll see what is about.
"I'm sure there will be something out there for me where I hope I can enjoy my football.
"There is nothing definite at the moment but I'll be talking to my agent early next week.
"I'm still based in Norwich but I will go where it takes me.
"I still feel fit and capable of producing some good football. I'm on holiday at the moment but I was training every day before I came out and I'm going to the gym."
Cureton admitted a 12-match loan spell with Shrewsbury in League Two at the end of last season had not been a success, but said he needed to play games.
He said: "I probably went there at a bad time but I needed to get out rather than sit around doing nothing. Some loans work out and some don't, but it was still better than not playing at Norwich.
"I had a difficult last year at Norwich and the year before wasn't great.
"The gaffer had his eleven and it worked for him and the team was doing well. It's difficult to get in once that happens and the season can pass you by, and not playing any games makes it more difficult to get a move."
Cureton was top scorer for City in 2007-08, scoring 14 times after rejoining the club from Colchester, but was a peripheral figure for the next two seasons.
He made just eight first team appearances for City last season, scoring twice, and his last act in Canary colours was scoring the winning penalty in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy shoot-out against former club Swindon at the County Ground.