Competition spurs me on

Sunday 26 August 2001

Rufus Brevett could be forgiven for thinking that his first team chances would become strictly limited after the arrival of £3.5 million Jon Harley from Chelsea earlier this month. After all, the England U21 left back comes with great credentials, a big price-tag and a reputation to match.

Brevett has proven to be a real bargain after he signed from QPR in January 1998 for £350,000, exactly 10% of the cost of Harley.

On Saturday Brevett showed that he's prepared to put in the same type of battling performance to keep his first team place as the one that won him the sponsors Man-of-the-Match award against Derby County, ironically his place of birth.

After the game the tough-tackling defender told Fulham Today that despite what many people may have thought after the arrival of Jon, that he actually welcomed his addition to the squad.

"I think you need competition for every place in the side. Paul Trollope was the reserve left-back but to be fair to Paul, that's not really his natural position.

"The Manager bought Jon Harley and I welcomed that because it means I'll have to work even harder to get my place back.

Brevett revealed there is no animosity when it comes down to who wins that first team spot on a Saturday afternoon. He said:

"It's friendly rivalry. I was actually very pleased when he signed another left-back. All I can do is my best and if the Manager picks me then that's great."

"Competition is a good thing. It spurs you on and it brings the best out in any player. I'm sure that Jon and I are no different and we get on really well, despite the fact that we are basically playing for one place."

Brevett went on to reveal his personal disappointment after Fulham failed to put his home town team to the Sword on Saturday.

"To be honest you'd have to say it was two points dropped rather than one point won. No disrespect to Derby but we need to be beating teams like that.

"We've a two week break now but really, I think we'd rather get straight back into it."