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Future's bright for Daz

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Darren Anderton is confident he's made the right choice in committing his future to the club.

The England midfielder admits he had 'other opportunities' in the summer before signing a new, four-year deal at the Lane but that the opportunity to work with Glenn Hoddle again was too great to miss.

Throw the return of his good friend Teddy Sheringham and quality, international arrivals in the close season, an improving Achilles, the fact that he's playing centrally, our flourishing passing game and can see why it's a happy Darren Anderton floating around Spurs Lodge these days.

Darren reflected: "There were other opportunities for me but I always stressed that I wanted to stay here.

"With the new manager coming in I worked with him before and wanted to work with him again.

"The players we brought in were all quality. Everyone knows how well I get on with Teddy and we play well together on the pitch as well, so that was a real bonus.

"I'm pleased first and foremost that I'm playing and the fact that we're going in the right direction."

Darren has been employed by Glenn in central midfield so far this season - a position he insists will bring the best out of him.

He said: "The best thing about this season so far is that I can get involved in all the games and that will defintely bring the best out of me, which is good.

"The football we've been playing has been good. That's the way football should be played, I think. Saturday I didn't think I played very well but Liverpool are a good team and we should have got something out of it.

"We are happy with how we're playing but we would have prefered a few more points. With a bit of luck we could have more points on the board.

"That's been disappointing but I suppose if you are going to lose it is better to lose that way. At least we can see that we are playing well and defensively we've done well. Overall it looks very good."

Naturally, injuries always manage to creep into any interview with the 29-year-old.

Did he hope, touch wood, that he could steer clear of problems this time around? "I've always hoped that but I've always got over one injury and suffered

another," he explained.

"I had lots of problems with my groins and in the last couple of years I've had Achilles trouble, which I never had before in my career.

"After the Chelsea game it was very sore and I was quite worried about it but since then it has settled down and I was able to play at Sunderland, where I came off as a precaution and to be able to get through the Liverpool game so close was great.

"I'm taking nothing for granted. Hopefully the Achilles will continue to settle down, continue to improve and I'll continue playing."

By Paul Miles