Former Tottenham and Derby County striker defiant: I'm not finished

Grzegorz Rasiak, the former Tottenham Hotspur, Derby and Southampton player, has hit back at claims he is ready to retire following a long-term ankle injury.

The former Derby County favourite and Tottenham Hotspur flop, Grzegorz Rasiak, has hit back at reports that suggested he was ready to hang his boots up following an ankle injury he picked up playing for Polish second division Western side Warta Poznan.

The report from Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy, which was just one of a number of sources running the story, headlined the player’s supposed retirement: ‘The most controversial Polish footballer of recent years is retiring.

It went on to say: ‘A player, until recently, who was spoken about in every Polish home, Grzegorz Rasiak says goodbye to football.

‘A month ago, the 35-year-old tore ankle ligaments in a match against UKP Zielona Gora, which meant that at the end of the season he did not run out onto the pitch. As it turned out, [the game against UKP Zielona Gora] was his last game in his career.’

However, after talking to the official Warta Poznan website and various media outlets, it was confirmed that initial reports were in correct and he will play on at Warta Poznan, despite the long-term ankle injury.

‘I have a valid contract with Warta until June 2015 and plan to fill it,’ said Rasiak.

‘At the moment, I don’t think about ending my football career. It is not the injury that would mean that I would start to think about it [ending his career] now.

‘At the moment I can’t talk for long, I can only deny the information that has appeared.

‘I’m not finished in my career.’

The 35-year-old, with 37 caps for Poland, will be fondly remembered for his time at Derby County and Southampton; however, Tottenham Hotspur fans may remember him a little differently.

At the time of signing, the Polish international smacked of a last minute panic buy after signing within the last few hours of the summer deadline day in 2005 and hindsight proved that theory right. He managed just eight games for Tottenham in the Premier League, without scoring a single goal.

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