Bullard Joins

Tuesday 16 May 2006

Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce the transfer of the registration of Jimmy Bullard from Wigan Athletic to Fulham Football Club has taken place today, and that the player has now officially joined the Club on a four-year deal.

Bullard joined Wigan in January 2003 from Peterborough, having been tracked by Latics boss Paul Jewell for more than a year prior to his transfer.

He started his career with non-league Gravesend before joining West Ham in January 1999. Bullard moved to Peterborough in May 2001 on a free transfer, scoring 11 goals in 64 appearances.

An integral part of Wigan's midfield during their inaugural Premiership season, the 27 year-old has attracted a host of admirers, with his exceptional passing range and vision helping to unlock opposing defences on numerous occasions.

Speaking yesterday, Jimmy Bullard said:

"I'm really happy to have joined Fulham, and as the deal was done so quickly have already had the opportunity to train with the lads and I'm sure I'm going to enjoy my time here. I had a great time at Wigan and am grateful to the Manager and Chairman for their continued support, and of course the fans for the reception they always gave me.

"However, I felt that the time was right for me to make a move again, and to be able to be close to my family was really important to me. I was happy to get a nice reception from the Fulham fans at the last game of the season and I'm really looking forward to the start of the new season."

Chris Coleman added:

"I really am delighted to have got Jimmy so early on in this transfer window. It sends out a very positive message about our ambitions for the future, and the Chairman and the board were instrumental in getting this deal done very quickly to make sure we got him. I'm hopeful there will be a lot more business during this window and that that we will have a very productive summer to help us build and push on next season."