Beijing’s Griffiths unsure about future

Beijing Guoan striker Joel Griffiths is uncertain about where his future lies.

The 29-year old, who is on a year-long loan from Newcastle Jets, is playing some good football in the Chinese Super League with the current top side, but is unsure of where his career will next take him.

“To be honest, I don’t really care where I end up - as long as my family are happy, I am happy,” he said in an interview on Goal.com.

“I think the next month or so will determine where my future lies. If it is with the Jets, then great; but if it’s in Asia, then it must be good for money for me to knock back that lifestyle.

“One of the reasons I left (Australia) in the first place was to gain more experience and to one day use it, and I must say that I’m learning every day.”

The former A-League Player of the Year did however say that he will not return to Europe (where he spent time with Leeds United).

“No, I’m definitely not going back to Europe and I never really plan ahead too much. I just see where the goals take me. If I did stay in China, then it wouldn’t be for more than three years.”

Griffiths joined his younger brother Ryan in Beijing and said that he had a massive hand in helping him settle.


Ryan has been a massive help,” he added.

“He has told me how they (the people) think and how you must talk to them. If he wasn’t here it would have been interesting to see how I would have gone. He can speak the language and had a basic understanding of the training setup.”

Beijing will be hoping to hold onto top spot when they meet Changsha Ginde at home on Saturday August 8.

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