AJ Joins The Whites

Thursday 7 August 2008

Fulham Football Club has today completed the signing of Andy Johnson from Everton. Johnson signs on a 4 year deal for an undisclosed fee, which will see him at the Club until the summer of 2012.

The 27-year-old striker joined Everton in May 2006 from Crystal Palace for £8.6m and made 73 appearances and scored 22 goals during his time at Goodison Park. He finished his first season at Everton as the Club’s top scorer having started the campaign with six goals in the opening seven matches; including two goals in a 3-0 win over Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

Johnson started his career at Birmingham City in 1997 but rapidly came to the fore when he signed for Crystal Palace in July 2002, making 160 appearances for the Eagles, scoring 85 goals. The 32 goals he netted during 2003-04, the highest in the Championship Division that season, helped secure Crystal Palace’s promotion to the Premier League.

He ended the 2004-05 season as the Premier League’s top English goalscorer and made his England International debut in February 2005 against Holland, when he replaced Wayne Rooney as a second-half substitute.

Speaking at Fulham’s training ground this morning Manager Roy Hodgson said:

‘I have made no secret of my wish to add Andy Johnson to my squad at Fulham. I believe that he has all the qualities needed to assist us in next season’s campaign and I am more than delighted that we have secured his services for the long term.

"There has been a lot of speculation regarding this transfer during the last week, very little of which has had any foundation.

"I am just happy to be able to focus on the positive news that Andy Johnson is now a Fulham player, one who we have great hopes for, and I am grateful to the Chairman, the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive for working tirelessly to make this possible."

Andy Johnson added:

‘I am glad that the agreement is now finalised and that I can concentrate on playing football for Fulham. Roy has been great over the last week or so of on-going discussions and his support in getting me here has only strengthened my ambition to give 100% for him and the team every game.

"Fulham is a Club with a lot of history and ambition and I’m pleased that I can be part of that. I’m now just looking forward to getting into the dressing room with the lads and to start training with them as soon as possible.’