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3 Year Deal For Sidwell
« on: March 27, 2011, 08:33:39 AM »

Steve Sidwell hopes to secure permanent deal at Fulham
Mar 27 2011 by Dean Jones, The People

STEVE SIDWELL is set to secure a three-year contract at Fulham.

The midfielder joined on an initial six-month deal but has already impressed boss Mark Hughes enough that the club are ready to draw up a firm offer and make the move permanent.

Sidwell will return to full training tomorrow following a knee injury he suffered on a winter training camp in Portugal and could face Blackpool on Sunday.

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Re: 3 Year Deal For Sidwell
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 08:36:51 AM »

Steve Sidwell Joins Fulham
Friday 7th January 2011

Fulham Football Club is delighted to confirm its first signing of the January transfer window. Steve Sidwell signs from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. The deal, which initially runs for six months, could potentially see the player at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2014.

The 28-year old midfielder was born in Wandsworth and started his career at Arsenal, winning the FA Youth Cup with the Gunners in 2000 and 2001 before making the move to Reading in 2003.

He spent four seasons with the Royals, making 186 appearances and scoring 30 goals and played an important part in Reading’s 2005-06 Championship-winning side and promotion to the Premier League.

Sidwell started the 2007-08 season at Chelsea before signing for Aston Villa in 2008.

Speaking at Fulham Football Club’s training ground this afternoon, Steve Sidwell said:

“I’m delighted that my move to Fulham has been finalised, and I’m looking forward to training with the squad and help the Club make steady progress up the table in the second half of the season.

"I'd also like to thank Jez Moxley, and Mick McCarthy in particular, at Wolverhampton Wanderers for being so understanding in my desire to return to London and to play for Fulham. ”

Fulham Manager, Mark Hughes, added:

“He is a player whose career I have followed for a while now, and there was a deal in place to bring him in prior to when I arrived. At that time I just didn’t think it was the moment to make it happen because I was new to the Club.

"But he has been in my thoughts ever since, and when the opportunity to sign him in the January transfer window presented itself we moved quickly knowing there was a possibility he might go somewhere else.

"His intention was that he always wanted to come to Fulham – this was his first choice and we are delighted to have him on board. He is a young man who wants to get his career back on track and start playing football again. He has a good reputation in the game and is well admired.

"On the pitch he can get from box to box, he works tirelessly, is good on the ball and can also get you a goal. He wants to be part of what we are doing here – and because of that he will do well for us.”

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Re: 3 Year Deal For Sidwell
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011, 08:38:08 AM »
Love it and get the deal done!  :wine:  :yay: