Friday, February 13, 2009

Evergreen Giggs pens new contract

Evergreen Ryan Giggs has been handed a new one-year contract at Manchester United after displaying the type of hunger that Sir Alex Ferguson demands of his players.

Giggs, 35, who made his first-team debut for the club nearly 18 years ago, has racked up over 550 top-flight appearances and is the only player to have scored in every Premier League season since its inception.

The Welshman has featured in 18 Premier League games for the champions this season after being moulded into a central midfield player after spending the majority of his career out on the wing.

"I am as fit as I have ever been. The only difference is recovering from games," said Giggs.

"Two days after a game, I am still tired. Before, I could play Saturday-Wednesday, Saturday-Wednesday no problem.

"Today, I would be a lot less efficient at doing things. Nowadays, I only play once a week, it's very good that way."

With 10 Premier League titles and two Champions League crowns representing the pinnacle of his achievements many fans would have forgiven Giggs for a wavered passion for success, but far from it.
The Cardiff-born star has been in sensational form for Fergie's men driving them forward from midfield and working hard in defence - a trait not associated with Giggs in his pomp.

And with an amazing Quadruple still possible at football odds of 16.5, Giggs might just be aiming to topple the feat of 1999 when United won an unprecedented Treble.

By Phil Tomlinson, an online sports writer for Betfair – Check them out for Cheltenham betting odds.