Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that Damien Duff becomes the Club’s third signing of the summer having put pen to paper today on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee, which will see the player at the Club until the summer of 2012.
The 30-year-old midfielder joins the Club from Newcastle United where he signed in July 2006. Damien will take squad number 16 for the 2009/10 season.
He made his debut for Blackburn Rovers against Leicester City on the final day of the 1996-97 season at the age of just 18. Duff helped Blackburn regain promotion back to the Premier League in 2000 when the side was relegated a year earlier and he helped Rovers to League Cup victory in 2002 when the team beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the final.
Duff went on to make 185 appearances for Blackburn and his impressive form earned him a £17m move to Chelsea in 2003 which was a club record at the time. He made his international debut for Republic of Ireland in 1998 and has made 75 appearances for his country.
Speaking from Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground, Damien Duff said:
“I am happy that my move to Fulham has been completed and look forward to joining in with the rest of the squad’s training programme immediately, in preparation for two important home matches this week. Fulham had a fantastic season last year and I know that having spoken to the manager in recent days that the Club’s ambitions remain high and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Roy Hodgson added:
“I am delighted to add a player of Damien Duff’s calibre to our squad, and welcome the further midfield options he provides us with. I have known Damien for over a decade since he broke into the first team at Blackburn when I was Manager, so I’m fully aware of his qualities and I am looking forward to working with him again. ”