Fulham Football Club has today announced the signing of Northern Irish International Steven Davis from Aston Villa Football Club, on a four year deal that will see him wear the black and white Fulham colours until the summer of 2011.
Davis was a member of the F.A. Youth Cup winning Aston Villa team of 2001/2 before making his full debut for Villa on the 18th September 2004.
The midfielder went on to collect a hatrick of club awards the following season: Player Of The Season, Fans Player Of The Season and Young Player Of The Season. The 22 year old only missed one game for Villa during the 05/06 campaign.
Internationally, Davis made his full debut for Northern Ireland on February 9, 2005 and was instrumental in Northern Ireland's famous 1-0 victory over England, in a qualification match for World Cup 2006. He was also part of the side who beat Spain 3-2 at Windsor Park in September 2006.
On 21 May 2006, Lawrie Sanchez awarded him the honour of becoming Northern Ireland's youngest modern day Captain, against Uruguay, in the United States Of America.
This morning, Steven Davis said:
‘I am pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement between the two clubs to enable me to play for Fulham next season. It was decision that took a lot of consideration as I have been at Aston Villa throughout my playing career, so leaving was not an easy choice to make. However, I discussed the move with the Manager and we talked about his plans here, which really impressed me, so although it’s sad to be leaving Villa, I know this is the right decision for me and my future.’
Lawrie Sanchez added:
‘I am delighted that we have been able to bring Steven to Fulham. He is a young and exciting player and one whose signature reaffirms my ambitions for this Club. I made him the youngest player to Captain Northern Ireland with good reason - his commitment, passion and enthusiasm for the game are hard to rival, and I know that he will bring real quality to our squad. It was a slow start to the window for us, but now we’ve begun to add some new faces which is good for everyone here so I’m looking forward to some hard work on the training pitch and, of course, to the start of the season.’