Millwall keeper Taylor takes inspiration from Spurs' Friedel

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VETERAN keeper Maik Taylor has revealed the example set by Tottenham's Brad Friedel has inspired him to keep playing.

The 40-year-old, who had previously been tipped to retire and begin coaching, has signed a one-year contract with Millwall on the back of a loan spell at the club last season.

And Taylor cited the success of Friedel, also 40, at the highest level as one of his motivations to extend his playing career.

"I feel as fit as ever and I am determined to keep playing for as long as I can," he told the club's official site.

"There are a number of keepers still playing at the top level into their forties, with Brad Friedel, who is older than me, prime amongst them.

"I've spoken to the likes of Dean Kiely and Nigel Spink, who both said they gave up playing too soon.

"My body feels good, I'm still able to train as hard as ever and I love playing so I'm delighted to have the chance to continue my career at Millwall."



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