Cottagers wrap up Duff deal

18 August 2009 12:31
Fulham have completed the signing of Damien Duff on a three-year contract from Newcastle United. The 30-year-old Republic of Ireland international was given permission to speak to the Cottagers over the weekend after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee which is believed to be in the region of £4million. Duff started his career at Blackburn under then Rovers and now Fulham boss Roy Hodgson. "I am delighted to add a player of Damien Duff's calibre to our squad and welcome the further midfield options he provides us with," he told the club's official website. "I have known Damien for over a decade since he broke into the first team at Blackburn when I was manager, so I'm fully aware of his qualities and I am looking forward to working with him again. " Duff is returning to west London with the Cottagers following a three-year spell at Chelsea prior to joining the Magpies in 2006. "I am happy that my move to Fulham has been completed and look forward to joining in with the rest of the squad's training programme immediately, in preparation for two important home matches this week," he said. "Fulham had a fantastic season last year and I know that having spoken to the manager in recent days that the club's ambitions remain high and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Source: ESA