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Olsson still on upward curve

14 December 2012 16:58

West Bromwich Albion centre-back Jonas Olsson is keen to keep improving for the Baggies, insisting his latest contract will not be his last.

The 29-year-old has agreed to a new four-year deal with the club, and believes he is far from his peak as a professional footballer.

Insisting he does not see himself playing at a lower level than the Premier League, Olsson also stated his preference for retiring if his performances were to dip rather than falling down the divisions.

"This is definitely not my peak - I don't see this as my last contract," the Sweden international told reporters.

"I have my best years ahead of me as a centre-half: 31 years old, 32 maybe, is normally where you peak.

"The nature of my character will help. If I don't see myself developing, that will be time to hang up my boots or find something better to do. I don't see myself playing at a lower level when I'm 36 or 37."

Citing the examples of his fellow countryman Olof Mellberg and team-mate Gareth McAuley, Olsson claimed defenders only get better with age and believes he can produce at the top level for years to come.

He continued: "I want to get better. That drives me and motivates me. Gareth has just turned 33 and probably never played better. Gareth came to us when he was 31, and this is perhaps his best-ever form.

"Centre half is a position where you tend to get better because of age - think of Mellberg. Experience, positioning, the way you read a game - that only gets better as you get older.

"Since I've come to England, I've become a better defender. I think I'm learning every year."

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