Back in the game: Steve Sidwell is trying to revive his career at Fulham
Craven Cottage hasbecome a top venuefor those trying to gettheir careers back ontrack and Steve Sidwellis the latest hopeful.
West Ham, Wolves andWest Bromwich wereall keen to sign themidfielder, but hedecided Fulham wouldbe the best place torecover from a dismaltwo-and-a-half yearswith Aston Villa, whichfollowed a wastedseason at Chelsea.
Manager Mark Hughes who had a stickystart at Fulham, buthas now overcome theignominy of beingfired by ManchesterCity sees CravenCottage as the idealplace for forgottenfootballers toremind formeremployers of theirtalent.
'He's been hamperedby injuries since he leftReading,' said Hughes.
'We know we've got agood player. Therewere a lot of clubs infor him because theyunderstand what hecan offer.
'What he needs isconsistent football andthe feeling that he'spart of the main teamhere. For the last twoor three years, he'snot had that feeling.'
Sidwell is likely to enjoythat feeling earlier thanplanned at Liverpoolon Wednesday afterDickson Etuhu suffereda hamstring injury inFulham's 2-0 home winover Stoke.
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