Curo Fitter Than Ever

Last updated : 18 July 2002 By Rob Cooper
Striker Cureton, who had a reasonably quiet season last year, is ready to get back on the goal trail again having fully recovered from a groin injury that hampered him last season.

Jamie scored fifteen goals last year, one less than top scorer Nicky Forster. Having scored thirty-one goals in his first season at the club it was a somewhat disappointing year.

With strike partner Martin Butler now fit, Curo, as he is known, will want to reignite the spark that the pair had two years ago.

Alan Pardew chose to substitute his striker on many occasions last season due to his poor performances. However, a groin injury contributed to Cureton's low level of performance.

He told the Wokingham Standard: "I feel much better than this time last year. I'm not really taking anything from the pre-season games from a football poitn of view - it's all about fitness.

"The concern at the moment is getting my touch back, getting fit then the rest will come. I think I will score goals. I am disappointed when I come off and I have not scored.

"I didn't have a pre-season last year because I had a hernia. Even when I came back it wasn't right. I felt it all year, consequently, I wasn't as sharp as I expect myself to be.

"But I feel stronger now than I ever did last season. This time I'm not playing catch-up; I'm looking forward to starting the season and scoring goals."