Stoke stopper admits money motivation

Published Jul. 14, 2010 7:41 a.m. ET

Nash was released by Premier League rivals Everton in the close season but manager Tony Pulis swooped quickly to bring the stopper to the Brittania Stadium for a second time. And while the 36-year-old realised he will probably be behind Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic in the pecking order, he is happy to sit on the sidelines in return for a good wage. "Obviously I want to be playing," said Nash in the Sentinel. "But when you've got a young family and are getting towards the end of your career, it's more about paying the bills. "It's a difficult decision - whether to go for something like this or for a number one spot somewhere else. But when there's a deal on the table, you've got to do what's best for the family. "Most Premier League clubs have three keepers vying for the shirt because injuries can happen. It only takes one injury to change things." Nash had still been training with Everton on their pre-season tour of Australia but quickly boarded a flight to Austria in order to practice with his new team mates. The former Crystal Palace man has since penned a one-year contract at the Staffordshire outfit, who he helped guide to the Premier League back in 2008. And the opportunity to continue plying his trade with City was one too good to refuse given his contractual situation. Nash added: "I got my first inkling about Stoke last Thursday. Then Andy Quy, Stoke's goalkeeping coach, rang to say 'get your arse back here because the gaffer wants you'. "I flew back via Bangkok and Dubai. It took about 24 hours and I only got about three hours sleep. And they mislaid one of my bags. "When you're out of contract it's exciting, but at the same time it's at the back of your mind that if you turn down an offer something else might not come up." Nash may see little game time in a Stoke jersey this season but the evergreen keeper believes he can continue playing for at least four more years. "I'm a fit lad and I want to play for as long as I can," he said. "I want to play at least until I'm 42 if I can, especially when you look at goalkeepers like Edwin van der Sar, Brad Friedel and David James, who are all in the 38-to-40 age bracket."