Lennon keen to keep Gudjohnsen

Date published: Monday 6th April 2015 6:00

The 36-year-old forward salvaged a point against the Sky Bet Championship’s bottom side Blackpool on Saturday when he nodded in a stoppage-time leveller on the line after arriving as a substitute.

It was the fifth time he had found the back of the net in 19 appearances and proved that despite his advancing years, he can still be a key component for Wanderers in his second spell at the Macron Stadium.

Lennon is already drafting his plans for next season and Gudjohnsen will be a part of their promotion pursuit, provided he wants to stay with the club.

Asked how much he wants Gudjohnsen to stick around next term, Lennon replied: “I’m very keen.

“At his age you have to manage him the right way.

“But that’s five goals he’s scored for us now – he’s second top scorer and he only came in in November.

“He’s still got plenty to offer and I think he’s happy here.

“We would love to have him next year, not just for what he brings on the field but what he brings off the field as well.”

Gudjohnsen is certainly not slowing down either, opting to end his international hiatus to return to the Iceland squad last week.

He scored in that comeback – a Euro 2016 qualifier win over Kazakhstan – and the former Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham forward feels he can still be a useful contributor for club and country.

Speaking to Bolton’s YouTube channel, he added: “I will carry on playing as long as I feel good, as long as I feel I have something to offer on a high level.

“The way I’m feeling at the moment is very good and I can’t see myself retiring in the near future.”

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