Cureton keen on reaching 300 career goals
13:30 31 October 2014
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Daggers forward aims to continue playing next season
Jamie Cureton’s 63rd minute tap-in at Wycombe Wanderers last weekend was his 264th career goal but the Dagenham & Redbridge forward isn’t satisfied with that tally.
Instead, the 39-year-old has set himself the target of reaching 300 goals and is also adamant he will be playing professional football past his next birthday - August 28.
Daggers top goalscorer this season with five in the league and six in all competition, also has aspirations to win the League Two golden boot.
He currently trails Oxford United’s Danny Hylton by four goals but if he stays fit all season, Cureton sees now reason why he can’t look to reach 20-goals for the campaign.
“My target is 300 but not this season,” joked the veteran forward.
“It is just a little thing that keeps me going I suppose, if I play long enough.
“It is something there in the back of my mind to go for. Obviously first and foremost it is about this season so the target is to get as many as possible.
“If that is close to 20 or above then it will be a real good season and hopefully that gives me another year after that.
“For now it is about this year and the team winning and me trying to do a job.
“If I am scoring goals then hopefully that helps us along the way to get points, push us up the table and hopefully help us have a good season.”
Cureton has had the ambition of playing professional football at the age of 40 for a couple of years now and to achieve that he will need to continue playing next season.
The forward only signed a one-year contract with Daggers during the summer, therefore it is vitally important that he continues to show people his ability.
“If I can get to 20 this season then next year will be a real big push to try and do the same and hopefully that will be around the 300-mark but that is just personal goals,” admitted Cureton.
“I do set little targets and little goals to keep pushing myself. At the moment it is get to 10 and then go to 15 and then go to 20 and try to win the golden boot, why not?
“If I am playing I will always have ambitions to keep achieving stuff and even if they seem unrealistic.
“I have an ambition to be playing at 40, I have said as the years have gone on that if I could be playing league football at 40 that would be brilliant.
“I know each year is massive for me because I need to keep proving to people that I can do a job. At the moment I feel I am doing that.”