No contract on the table for Mark Schwarzer

Robert Cianflone

Club and player make agreement to leave any decision until the end of the season

Fulham have not yet offered goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer a contract extension and have agreed to sit down at the end of the season to ponder the Australian's future.

And, with Martin Jol still keen on bringing in a new first choice stopper, it's looking increasingly likely that Schwarzer's future beyond this campaign will lie outside of SW6.

Our manager has made no secret of the fact he is eyeing up Maarten Stekelenburg after a deal in January broke down. That move is expected to be revived over the summer.

Meanwhile for Schwarzer, even at 40 years of age, he admits that his options are very much open and that returning to his native Australia to take part in the A-League is a definite possibility.

When pressed on the subject, the 'keeper told the Evening Standard: "Nothing has been ruled out but, to be fair, I've not even considered anything yet because it has all been just about playing the last couple of games of the season and doing my best for Fulham.

"If I can do that, one way or the other something will come of it."

It's quite clear that Schwarzer already has an exit strategy lined up if the worst comes to the worst but, without a concrete offer for the goalkeeper to ponder, who can blame him?

"There has been a discussion but there's no actual offer on the table at the moment," he said.

"Basically we're in a position where we're going to wait until the end of the season and see where we go from there. I'm just concentrating on playing football and playing as well as I possibly can.

"One way or another it will be sorted out. I've got no concerns about that, whether it's at Fulham or elsewhere."

More and more, it seems as though elsewhere is the most likely destination. We can only hope that someone as reliable as our current number one will be lined up to take his gloves.

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