Premier Ambition

Monday 29 June 2009

After recently signing his first professional contract with Fulham FC, Academy graduate Joe Anderson has set his sights on making his First Team debut next season.

The attack-minded left back is hoping his loan spell with Woking last season will stand him in good stead when he returns to Motspur Park for pre-season training this week.

"I’m very confident and I'm in a good position having been out on loan because I became a better player and learned a lot," said Anderson. "I think the loan system is great. The biggest benefit is that you're playing first team football week-in-week-out and that's what it's all about. Despite the results [the Cardinals were eventually relegated] it was a great experience - one that I really enjoyed.

"I’ve just got to put in the work and hit the ground running when I come back on the 1st of July. I’ll be fitter and stronger. I need to impress the Manager and make sure that I’m part of his plans."

The success Roy Hodgson has brought to the Club over the past 12 months has clearly rubbed off on the younger players looking to make a breakthrough and Anderson is one such player who is hoping European football may provide him with an opportunity to make his First Team debut next season.

"Since the Manager came in the Club has completely changed," Anderson revealed. "To think we were fighting for survival on a regular basis and now we’re looking forward to a season with European football. The First Team worked really hard last season and they were very impressive. Hard work paid off.

"I think their success rubbed off on the younger players like myself. When they came back from a win they were buzzing. Monday mornings were very lively last season."

"It's [European football] a good chance to get a game as there could be a lot of extra matches. So the fringe players may have more of an involvement and I'll certainly be looking to get on the bench and help out the team next season.

"My aim is to push on and establish myself a little bit more. It would be great to be involved in the friendly fixtures and if I can impress, then who knows? I could make my debut at some point. One thing is for sure though - next season is going to be a big one for me."