Shay Given seeking January exit

Shay Given of Aston Villa celebrates as Andreas Weimann of Aston Villa scores their second goal during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Aston Villa and Ipswich Town at Villa Park on January 5, 2013
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Shay Given admits that he is hoping to seal a move away from Aston Villa in January, after falling behind Brad Guzan and Jed Steer in the club's goalkeeping stakes.

Goalkeeper Shay Given has admitted that he is hoping to seal a move away from Aston Villa in January.

The 37-year-old is currently third in the keeping stakes at Villa Park, behind Brad Guzan and Jed Steer.

Given has not played a competitive match in over eight months, with his last senior appearance coming in a 2-1 defeat at Millwall in last season's FA Cup fourth round.

"I am disappointed I am not involved, but I still have three years left on my contract, and I know I am fortunate to have that security," said Given.

"There's a lot of good lads out there who haven't even got a club at the moment. I could still be sitting here this time next year, no change, or something might come up in January.

"When you have played virtually every game throughout your career it is difficult, especially when you think you should still be playing. I will just train hard until January and hope something comes up."

Given has started over 400 Premier League games during a 20-year playing career that has included notable spells at Newcastle United and Manchester City.

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