Fazakerley turns pro

Thursday 4 July 2002

Having signed his first professional contract with the club, hot-prospect Loui Fazakerley is looking forward to a landmark season.

Fazakerley initially came to Fulham for a two-week trial at the beginning of last season. Having seen Loui play two reserve matches during that period, Steve Kean and his Academy team were suitably impressed and young Loui signed his Academy forms.

A sharp, all-action, attacking player, Fazakerley caught the eye in the later stages of last season's reserve team campaign. Upon receiving the ball, his workrate and trickery continuously sent a buzz through the crowd.

Probably Fulham's find of the season, Loui explained to Fulham Today, how his initial move to Fulham came about.

"Before I came to Fulham I was playing for a boys club in the Hoxton area," said Loui, "I was going to college every morning, training in the afternoon, playing college games on Wednesdays and in a men's league on Saturdays.

"I got a few breaks, one of Fulham's north-east scouts saw me and I got a trial. The trial itself was a nice experience; I enjoyed the facilities and the coaching.

"The training at Fulham was very different to what I was previously used to. There are a lot of top coaches here and I can feel myself improving all the time.

"I played seven games for the reserves last season and scored one goal. My aim for this season is to become more of a regular in the reserves and maybe even force my way into contention for a first team appearance."

Loui also played a key role in Fulham's FA Youth Cup match against Ipswich Town, as the Whites announced their arrival on the youth scene - knocking out the pre-tournament favourites. But his participation in last season's FA Cup ended in frustration:

"I played in the FA Youth Cup but I got injured early on during the last game against Aston Villa, so I was very disappointed with that. I try to give 100% in every game but I was especially tired after the Ipswich game."

Those who were at Kingfield that night would no doubt remember Loui fighting against cramp in the final minutes as he relentlessly chased down the opposition.

With his level of skill and determination, it could only be a matter of time before Fazakerley makes his first full appearance for the Whites.