Reo-Coker targets extending his stay in the Premier League

The 28-year-old midfielder has been without a club since the end of last season and believes he has the ability to warrant a stay in the top flight this coming campaign
Former Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has admitted that he would jump at the chance to stay in the Premier League this season, after being without a club all summer.

Reo-Coker featured 37 times in the league for Owen Coyle's side last term having being released from Aston Villa a year ago, but the 28-year-old left at the end of the campaign after they failed to avoid relegation to the Championship.

Now, the battling central midfielder is in a similar situation, and he hopes to seal a move to a club in the top flight before they have to submit their squad lists for the next few months, as he aims to keep up his fitness.

"There are a lot of top players still out there without a football team," he told Sky Sports News.

"It's the situation out there for a lot of players. That's the environment football is in at the moment. It's just the professionalism of keeping fit and making sure I'm ready for whatever will happen.

"I don't think clubs have finalised their squads. They haven't submitted that in yet. The season is only one week old. It's a new situation for me to be in.

"I was in a similar situation last year but obviously I got a club before the season started.

"It's a new experience for me. All I can do is keep my professional head on and continue to maintain my fitness levels and work hard."

He believes that his experience garnered during years of playing at the highest level could make him a welcome proposition for prospective clubs and that he is more than capable of coping with the standard of play.

"I still see myself as good enough for the Premier League; as a Premier League player. I've enjoyed every year I've played in the Premier League and made the most of it.

"I've been lucky enough to play there for so long now with a lot of games under my belt and a lot of experiences against the best players in the world."

While at Bolton last term, Reo-Coker played alongside Fabrice Muamba and he admits the incident which saw his former team-mate collapse on the pitch with a heart attack is still having an effect on him to this day.

"To witness something like that changed my life. It altered my perception on certain things that were going on - things that you used to think were important.

"I'm just happy that Fabrice is OK, and his family. But it did change my life."