James wants to carry on

Veteran keeper says McInnes achieved his objective at Bristol City

David James: Former England goalkeeper wants to play after being released by Bristol City

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Former England goalkeeper David James wants to play on next season after he was not offered a new contract by Bristol City.

The 41-year-old was among eight players told they had no future at Ashton Gate when manager Derek McInnes released his retained list on Tuesday.

He made over 80 appearances during his two seasons with the Robins following his arrival from Portsmouth and has no plans to retire just yet.

"I'm still looking to play next season. I've had a few little niggles, but I still feel great," said James.

"In the meantime I've been doing my B-level coaching badges, hopefully I will be able to complete my UEFA Pro-Licence, eventually with a view to moving into management."

Good effect

The Robins finished two places above the relegation zone and James added: "Anyone who doesn't win, achieve promotion or reach the play-offs in our division and suffer the threat of relegation is going to have had a difficult season in our division.

"We didn't have a good start. Derek McInnes came in and he had a good effect, but then things started to go downhill again.

"But Derek was brought in with the remit of keeping us out of relegation, and he's achieved that."