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Jol in no hurry to sort out contracts

Mark Schwarzer, Damien Duff, Chris Baird and Simon Davies are all in the final year of their deals.

Jan Kruger

Martin Jol has said that he will not be rushed into agreeing new deals with his older group of players and would rather see how well they do in the remainder of the campaign.

The contracts of Mark Schwarzer, Damien Duff, Chris Baird, and Simon Davies all expire in June 2013 and even though the first three in particular have been pivotal in Fulham's toils so far this term, Jol was non-committal on the idea of renewing their deals.

Brede Hangeland is in a similar situation but the club have already began negotiations with him, prioritising the captain, aware that other clubs are chasing his signature.

"We've got a number of players in their last year so that will be the thing for the next couple of months," Jol told the Fulham Chronicle.

"For the older players it's not important to talk now, but if they do well we want to keep our best players."

The Dutchman was more expansive with his talk of Schwarzer in particular, though, praising the 40 year old for staying in such admirable shape.

Still the preferred number one at Craven Cottage, the goalkeeper has set his sights on the 2014 World Cup with Australia and Jol sees no reason for him not to make it.

"If he's like he is now - still fit - then he can carry on until he's 45! That can change in a couple of months, especially with older players, but with keepers they're different.

"If you look at (Brad) Friedel at Spurs who's even older, he's still looking good, but it depends on their fitness."