Baird signs new Fulham contract

14 September 2010 12:01
Fulham defender Chris Baird has signed a new contract that is set to keep him at the club until the summer of 2013.The 28-year-old arrived from Southampton in July 2007 and was a key part of the Cottagers team that reached the Europa League final in May. [LNB]The Northern Ireland international made over 50 appearances during the 2009/10 season, playing both in defence and midfield domestically and in Europe. Baird came on at half-time in Fulham's 2-1 victory over Wolves on Saturday. [LNB]The defender told BBC London 94.9 of his delight at securing the new deal. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] "I'm chuffed to bits. I'm really happy, obviously the first year here wasn't the best, but from there on I got a run in the team, played a lot of games and really enjoyed myself under Roy Hodgson," said Baird. [LNB]"Now obviously the new manager's come in and he seems to like me, I like what he's doing, I like how things have started with the team so I'm really happy with the contract. [LNB]Baird said he was optimistic about Fulham's chances of repeating last year's successes on the field during the coming season. [LNB]"I'm looking forward to the same again. Hopefully we can qualify for Europe again or win a cup or something like that - and we've had a good start to the Premier League so we'll just see how things progress and take it from there." [LNB][LNB] Sorry just felt the need to share my thoughts! Great team, great fans and fantastic Europa run. Been supporting my club since my dad took me as a young girl ffccaz Baird started his career at Ballymena United before joining Southampton's youth academy in 1998 and made his first team debut in March 2003. [LNB]He joined Fulham for £3m and was signed by then manager Lawrie Sanchez. [LNB]He has won more than 40 international caps and played in the Northern Ireland team which secured an excellent 1-0 win in Slovenia in their Euro 2012 qualifier on 3 September.

Source: BBC_Sport