SIMON Davies is praying he will stay fit so negotiations over a new contract to keep him at Fulham for the rest of his career can resume.
The 30-year-old midfielder has been plagued by an on-off season with worries over a troublesome instep bone that has seen him twice make a comeback.
The Wales international believes he’s now over the worst – and is looking forward to a new deal to end his playing days at Craven Cottage .
He said: “I would like to stay on 100 per cent.
“But I needed to get back fit – and I’m over the worse and enjoying myself as at any stage in my football life.
“I was scheduled for (contract) talks but then I had a reoccurrence of my injury. So I’m sure the club are making sure I can stay fit before they start again. But I want to extend my stay here, and look to finish my career here.”
The player signed from Everton in January 2007 was player-of-the-season in 2007-08, but admits he’s been playing catch-up since August.
He added: “Missing some of the season’s games was a worry – but I hope to get a run from now until the end of the season.
“It’s been a struggle to get my fitness back over the last few games.”
And since his second return, Davies has been called on twice to fill an unaccustomed role at right-back including the home tie against Wolfsburg in the Europa League , although those with good memories will recall the last time he did so, it was for Wales against England at Old Trafford the best part of six years ago.
He said: “The only trouble was England scored after about five minutes. But I guess you could say playing there is another string to my bow.
“Here at Fulham I had Aaron Hughes talking me to make sure I wasn’t losing focus or drifting behind, which was a great help.”