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Lee desperate to carry on playing

Lee is given the bad news

Veteran striker Jason Lee says he wants to carry on playing for at least another season.

Lee, who turned 37 last week, was one of eight out-of-contract players released by League Two side Notts County at the end of the season.

He scored 16 goals in his first season but struggled for game-time this term.

The ex-Nottingham Forest man told BBC Radio Nottingham: "I'm trying to drag what I can out of the game. When I stop that'll be it and I'll miss it."

BBC Radio Nottingham's David Jackson talks to the much-travelled forward about his career with Nottingham Forest and Notts County, as well as his well-publicised appearances on BBC TV's Fantasy Football programme and his plans for the future.


"I've thoroughly enjoyed my time playing for Notts County - it's been a pleasure and nothing but positive.

"My first season went like a dream and I was top goalscorer. But this season has been a contrast. It's been a struggle personally and for the club.

"But it seems to be the norm with Notts County that every couple of seasons they have to start again and a lack of continuity does not help the club."


"As a player you never know what is around the corner.

"I was in the lowest division with Lincoln City and I remember playing against Forest in pre-season and knew they were a big club.

"Then I got a move to Southend and by the time March came Forest signed me and we managed to make the final push out of the league into the Premiership.

"I played for three clubs in a season for me and it was all progressive leaps. It was dream come true and I embraced it.

"We finished third in the Premiership and played in Europe the next season. It was such a great opportunity; you should never settle for where you are."


"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

"It was something they [the Fantasy Football television show] grabbed hold of and anything that is selling or doing well they are going to hold on to.

"I tried to have a dignified stand and let my football do the talking.

"I was always hoped that the average man could see that I was a 100% person and couldn't be faulted for my commitment.

"I think people took me to heart. I've never taken the game for granted."


"Ideally I want to carry on playing. There are options to coach and do other bits but playing football is my first love.

"When I can't run and play the game anymore then I will consider doing other bits and pieces.

"I realise I can't play football forever. I don't mind the coaching and the media side I'm enjoying everything I'm doing at the moment.

"But mainly I would like to carry on playing."

see also
Lee heads Notts County exit list
08 May 08 |  Notts County
The life and times of Jason Lee
13 Feb 07 |  Notts County

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