Goalkeeper David Stockdale is the cover star and main interview in the new-look official matchday programme for Monday evening’s pre-season friendly with Real Betis (8pm).
Now one of Fulham’s longest-serving players, Stockdale has a new battle on his hands in the shape of incoming stopper Maarten Stekelenburg – but the 27-year-old is relishing the competition for a First Team place.
“Just because Mark Schwarzer was number one for all those years, doesn’t mean that I was easing off and letting him be there,” Stockdale told the matchday programme. “Sometimes I like to look at it that I was pushing him to be as good as he was. Obviously he’s as good as he is anyway, but you need to keep the competition.
“Now Maarten has come in and he’s very good too. He’s relaxed, he’s laid back, he’s calm and collected and he has fitted straight in with the lads, but I’ll make whoever’s in front of me work for their job. That’s what I’m going to do – make it hard for them.
“For me, every day I have the chance to show the Manager what I’m capable of. When you’re fighting to get into the First Team you’ve got to really fight to get in there and then you can’t stop fighting – you’ve got to fight every day.”
Read the full interview with Stockdale in Monday night’s official matchday programme.
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