Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is confident he will sign for a new club within two weeks and hinted he will continue his career beyond the FIFA 2014 World Cup.
Schwarzer announced he will retire from international football after the Socceroos’ campaign in Brazil, but he may not leave the game at club level.
The 40-year-old rejected a new deal at Fulham after his manager, Martin Jol, refused to guarantee him first team football at the Premier League club next season. Fulham's signing of Maarten Stekelenburg from Roma in June expedited Schwarzer's Craven Cottage exit.
“Hopefully in the next couple of weeks something will be sorted,” Schwarzer said. “At the moment I am just weighing a few things up.
“There have been some offers and it’s possible I could stay in England or move abroad. There are a few possibilities.
“Nothing concrete has been signed or sealed yet but I am feeling confident about next season leading towards Brazil.”
Schwarzer conceded that playing first team football at his new club is a pre-requisite as he readies himself for the World Cup.
“A lot of the decisions I have made about my future have cantered around the national team and now that we have qualified for another World Cup my top priority is finding a club in the lead-in and getting as much game time as possible," he said.
“I always believed we would get there, though at times it’s been a rocky path but we got there in the end.
“When we qualified for the 2010 World Cup it was a little bit masked by some poor performances along the way.
“There were a few games back then that we probably didn’t deserve to win but we did and we had a bit of luck on our side.
“That’s taking nothing away from it because it was a remarkable accomplishment. But this time it’s been tougher and people should probably expect that because the teams in Asia are getting stronger all the time and it was a hard journey for us.”
Schwarzer also made it clear that when he quits the Socceroos and gives a fleet of understudies the chance to finally vie for the top job after amassing a record-breaking 106 caps, the lure of club football may not also be extinguished along with the international flame.
“I have said I will call it quits with the national after Brazil but beyond that I not made a decision about anything,” he said.
“I just want to see how I go this year and put everything into preparing for the World Cup and see what happens after that.
“At this stage, I haven’t ruled out continuing playing club football. We will wait and see. If I am playing regularly and playing well then who knows. I am not ruling anything out.
“But right now, it’s about short-term goals and the full focus is on finding a new club - somewhere where the manager believes in me and wants me to be the number one for at least the next few months.”
On Fulham, Scharzer said: “I spent some of the best times of my career there, particularly the first two seasons. They were two of the most enjoyable I’ve had in my career.”
He was voted the club’s player of the season in his debut year and helped the Cottagers reach the Europa League final in 2010.
“I had a great time there and a great rapport with the fans. But there are new challenges out there and you move on.”
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