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Jobi feels advancing years cost him

Jobi McAnuff believes that his release from Reading was due to his advancing age.

The former skipper, who will be 33 years old later this year, was told he would be released a few weeks ago. Despite this, Jobi still felt that he had the fitness to compete at the highest level and feels that financial issues at the club may have played a part.

Speaking to the Reading Post, McAnuff said: 'I don`t exactly know what the club`s situation is financially, but looking at the ones let go, age has to have a bearing on it. There seems to be an issue with the age situation, but I feel as fit as I`ve ever been.'

'In this day and age you can have all the stats, but unfortunately it`s one of the things you come up against. I think it the way contracts are given out has changed. You look at people who have come out of contract. - I`ve got friends who have had the same.'

I probably wouldn't argue that Jobi still had the fitness, as he played pretty much every game from January until the end of the season. To be honest though, I think the club were more concerned about a decline in his ability, having past his peak a few years ago.

Best of luck to him finding a new club though, like Ledge and Gorkss, they have great experience at this level and will be great acquisitions to whatever clubs they end up at. It wouldn't surprise me if we see all three back at the Madejski next season.

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Date:Saturday May 17 2014

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