Veteran defender Jermaine Christian determined to play another season
Posted: 1 June 2017 Time: 21:39
Highlands Park defender Jemaine Christian says he still has the 'fire' to play at least one more season before retiring from professional football.
The 35-year-old made his PSL debut in 2001/2002 at AmaZulu and went on to play for Bloemfontein Celtic, Moroka Swallows, Santos, FC AK, African Warriors, Bay United and Blackburn Rovers before signing for the Lions of the North in October 2014.
He was instrumental in seeing Highlands promoted to the topflight but found his opportunities in the first-half of the season limited before going out on loan to Mbombela United in the the National First Division.
"My contract with Highlands ends in June," Christian tells KickOff.com. "I haven't heard from them [Highalnds] so I will have to look around for a team [for next season]."
The experienced campaigner says although he would love to retire playing Absa Premiership football, he is content to see out his playing days in the NFD.
"It doesn't matter [where I play], I enjoy the game of football both in the NFD and the PSL. But I always wanted to end my career in the PSL, it didn't quite happen at Highlands after being back in the PSL.
"Unfortunately there are no offers yet but if it doesn't happen I'll start searching. I'm still feeling strong and I've still got a lot to offer in the game."
Christian is mindful of the propensity among South African clubs to cast older players to the wayside but he won't let that deter him.
"I say this with all the respect I have but we know what South Africa is all about, they decide for you that you are old or can't play anymore. But right now there is still lot of fire in me and I will listen to any offers."