Jussi Jaaskelainen has signed a new one year deal at West Ham United.
The 39 year old keeper was out of contract, and Sam Allardyce has moved swiftly to tie up a one year extension of the Finn’s deal.
Jaaskelainen joined West Ham in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer, after leaving Bolton Wanderers following their relegation in the May of that year.
He was an ever present in the 2012/13 campaign, as the Hammers finished 10th in their first season back in the Premier League.
The former Finland international, who was capped 56 times at international level, stated his delight to West Ham’s official website.
‘I’m delighted to sign for another season and I’m really looking forward to it,’ he told West Ham’s official website. ‘Hopefully I can put in a proper challenge to get a starting place again.
‘Physically, I feel good now and I felt good last season so I hope I can carry on from there and play football.
‘You never know what is going to happen next season, but the only thing in my mind is to get myself ready to play.
‘Obviously we all know that, whoever is in the squad, we all want to fight for that starting place, so let’s see. We’re all looking forward to next season.
‘I want to try my best and I’m going to give it a proper go to play well, so the first thing I have to do is look after myself to make sure I’m in good shape and a good frame of mind.’
Jaaskelainen played 18 Premier League games during 2013/14, keeping eight clean sheets for Sam Allardyce’s side.
However, he was dropped in the December of last year, as Allardyce opted to hand Adrian the Goalkeeper’s jersey at the East London club.
Prior to his move to the capital, he enjoyed a 15 year spell at Bolton Wanderers, becoming a real icon during his time at the Reebok Stadium.
He was part of the squad that won promotion to the Premier League in 2001, and that reached the League Cup final in 2004 and two UEFA Cup campaigns.
Jaaskelainen made 530 appearances during his time at the Wanderers, and is set for another season under the guidance of Sam Allardyce.
By Ben Reardon