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Fulham - Our Best Signing 2009/2010?

Back in the early days of 2009/2010 I was one of those who questioned the signing of Damien Duff.

Having been part of the relegated Newcastle side, in fact the very player who`s own goal got them relegated on that dramatic last day of the season, at Villa Park, I thought he was injury prone and to be honest, shot.

I couldn`t have been more wrong!

Duff has been a delight this season, sure he`s had a few injury problems - but haven`t they all?

Duff, in my opinion, is one of the candidates for 'Player of the Season` and it`s yet another tribute to Roy Hodgson that he recognised, having also worked with Duff at Blackburn previously, that Duff was different to others he`d worked with, or as Roy is quoted as saying on the official site,

"He`s [Duff] been outstanding and he`s a very, very good player," Hodgson told fulhamfc.com.

"I`m sure when the annals of Irish football history are written, and there have been some good players over the years, Damien`s going to be right up there with them.

'If he wanted serious money he`d of stayed at Newcastle and seen his contract out. He came here to play football and that`s what he`s done.

"Knowing the person, knowing his character and knowing his reasons for wanting to leave Newcastle and come here - to play football. It was, quite frankly, 'I`ll come to Fulham and earn less, because that`s where I want to play my football.`

"That is very, very rare in football terms and it`s the mark of the man and his character. He has an unbelievable desire to play football. Damien will always play football, god willing that his legs keep going. I can imagine Damien playing at the age of 50, just for the fun of it, because he`s a football man."


We`re not sure Damien will be still pulling on the splendid top of Fulham but we get your drift Roy.

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 21 2010

Time: 5:02PM

Your Comments

I really was not pleased when we signed him, but he absolutely carried us early in the season before Bobby hit form.
Teddy_KGB
agree completely... i thought he was washed up but he shoved that thought in my face...
woodysweats
It looks like to didn't have many fans when he came here, I to thought his best days were behind him, but he has proved everybody wrong and you get the feeling he likes playing for us and Roy. He has gone up considerably in my book
Oldwolf
I thought he'd wind up injured like AJ and be a liability. Happy to be proved wrong, superb season
donfulham
Looks like he has won you all over, must have had a good season.
SFC Forever
thought he was done, looking forward to the stephen hunt/ mcgeady era for the irish wing...but hes been a revelation, and could still figure prominently in euro 2012 qualifying. what a season
wrestler313
Duffo reigned supreme - a bargain I'd say!
Al Billy
 

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