BRIAN Jensen has appealed for a new contract at Bury ahead of this weekend’s trip to promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United.
The big Dane, who turns 39 in June, has kept 14 clean sheets in 34 appearances since arriving at the end of August.
Jensen admits his initial aim was to put himself back in the shop window after a frustrating end to his 10 years at Burnley saw him play just four games in his final season.
But a successful first campaign with the Shakers has reinvigorated the former West Brom stopper and he is now eager to help his new club win promotion – if not this season, then the next.
“The old man can still do it. That’s always been my goal – to come here and show that I am still available,” he said.
“With not playing the last year, people could have been thinking I have been injured or I am maybe too old.
“The idea was to show everybody I’m not too old and I can keep going.
“Now I want to stay. I want to be part of this football club, but it’s up to the gaffer.”
The Bury boss, David Flitcroft, substituted Jensen at half time in a recent match at Southend United and was later critical of his kicking and distribution.
The experienced stopper was dropped for the next game at Torquay, but reinstated following a 2-1 defeat on the Devon coast.
“It happens in football. I have seen a lot of funny stuff, let’s just leave that one for now,” Jensen said of his brief time out of the starting line-up.
“For me, experience is massive in this game, so let’s see what happens.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing football again and that’s the main thing for me. At my age you can easily get lethargic, but I just want to play football – I love it too much to give it up, so why not do it here.”
Flitcroft has already said he will not rush into offering out any new contracts until the current season has run its course.
Bury are seven points outside the play-off places with five games remaining, but will probably have to win at Scunthorpe on Saturday to remain in the hunt for promotion.
Russ Wilcox’s side are second in the League Two table after going 25 games unbeaten, but the Shakers manager says his players will go to Glanford Park in confident mood.
“Certainly with five games left we are looking to win all our games. I want to finish with momentum,” he said.
“We have a good team and real togetherness, which is what Scunthorpe have got.
“We will certainly respect them because it is incredible what they have done, but we are a group going over there as one and we will have a hell of a go.”