Fulham Football Club has today announced the signing of Czech Goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny from Greek side Panionios for an undisclosed fee. Having successfully completed a medical and following the pre-agreement signed with the Club in January, the three year deal will see the player at the Club until the summer of 2008.
The 25-year-old Czech made 18 appearances for the U21s between 1999 and 2002, whilst at SK Ceske Budejovice prior to joining Panionios in 2001. He has played in the UEFA Cup for two consecutive season's competing against Newcastle, Sporting and FC Barcelona. As one of the most highly rated keepers in the Greek league he was selected for to the All-Star Greek team for three consecutive seasons.
Speaking at Fulham's training ground this afternoon Jaroslav Drobny said:
'I am very happy to get the opportunity to play for Fulham in the Premiership, it is my ambition to compete at the very highest level and am looking forward to joining the rest of the squad for pre-season training. I have spoken with Chris Coleman and am confident that if I perform well enough that I will be in his plans for next season so I am look forward to the challenges ahead.'
Manager Chris Coleman commented:
'I am delighted to welcome Jaroslav to Fulham; he has strong positional play and great defensive organisation, he has played in the UEFA Cup competition and is calm under pressure so I know that he will be an asset to us, and I am very much looking forward to getting everyone together in pre-season.