Cheltenham Town video: Jamie Cureton targeting 300 goals
JAMIE Cureton may be on the cusp of a goalscoring landmark few players achieve, but the Cheltenham Town striker has already set himself new targets.
The 38-year-old striker is hoping to net the 250th goal of his prolific career at Dagenham and Redbridge this afternoon (3pm).
Cureton said he has no plans to retire in the near future and he wants to reach 300 goals and 800 appearances before hanging up his boots.
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"I still feel great and the plan is to go again and again because nothing in my mind is saying this season or next will be my last," Cureton said. "I want 800 games and 300 goals and you have to keep setting targets because that's what keeps me going.
"Once I hit one, my immediate thought is, 'What's next?'
"To score my 250th goal will be great, but why not try for 300? I have played 718 games, so I want to get to 800 and I genuinely feel I can do that.
"If you are happy with what you have achieved you end up standing still and I will give it my best to reach those goals.
"I am always pushing for more and I will keep doing that until I have to retire."
Cureton could be in line for his second Robins start this afternoon, having gone on as a substitute in the last three matches.
He has not been in the starting XI since the opening day draw with Burton Albion, when he scored inside 18 minutes, but picked up a shoulder injury in the process.
Byron Harrison and Terry Gornell have scored five and three goals respectively this season and Cheltenham's poor start to the season has been mainly down to defensive calamities.
But Cureton is hoping to be given the nod at Victoria Road, where he scored for Exeter City in a 1-1 draw last season.
"It's a decision the manager (Mark Yates) has to make and the front two have been doing well, so I knew there was no right for me to go straight back into the side," Cureton said.
"I've come on three times, felt good, scored a goal and the manager knows I want to play.
"It's good for him to have three forwards fighting it out and all I can do is put pressure on Byron and Terry and the most important thing is that we all look capable of scoring goals."
Cureton wasted a good chance in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Scunthorpe, hitting Harrison's pull-back straight at the goalkeeper, but he does not miss many.
"I think I caught it too well, really," he said.
"I was also tugged back by Deon Burton a few minutes after that chance so I felt we should have been given a penalty, but we have to keep it solid at the back and be in a position to win games, rather than having to chase them after conceding early goals."