Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday June 23 2008
I`ve yet to be convinced that the signing of Mark Schwarzer, from Middlesbrough, is a step in the right direction.
If you consult the good chaps at Vital Middlesbrough they`ll tell you Schwarer`s form has been in decline in recent years with the Australian having a particularly poor season last year.
Schwarzer though, is off course, excited about the move and in his native Austrlaia had this to say,
"I suppose I'll be like a new kid at school.'
'I'm excited about it and it's something that I really needed to do. I think it's a great opportunity for me and I'm really looking forward to the challenge. I can't wait for pre-season to start.'
However, and we`re not sure many people are aware of this, Schwarzer may be absent from the Craven Cottage scene for quite awhile during the early stages of the campaign.
There is a chance that Schwarzer may get a call up for the Olympic Games football tournament as one of the two over age players. Schwarzer, speaking to the media, seemed to be in doubt about which route to take - Olympics or Fulham remarking,
'The Olympics is an unbelievable event to be part of. I've never been part of it before and it would be very difficult to say no.'
'But Fulham's pre-season is obviously something that you've got to take into consideration, without a doubt, and it's not an ideal scenario."
'Again, I'm not getting too carried away with it, but as it stands at the moment there's nothing being said (by the Cottagers about the Olympics) and I just go about starting pre-season at Fulham on the 12th of July."
'It's one of those situations that it's obviously been spoken about in the media quite a bit, with speculation about who the over-age players are going to be, (but) the manager, Graham Arnold, needs to decide on who he'd like to bring in.'
Sorry chaps to dampen any enthusiasm but I`d have preferred to stick with Keller and Niemi!
Date:Monday June 23 2008
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