Defender Matthew Briggs is keen to use the squad’s pre-season trip to Costa Rica to make his mark on the First Team ahead of the new campaign.
Briggs enjoyed a spell on loan at Watford last season and only just missed out on promotion from the npower Championship after the Hornets lost the Play-Off Final to Crystal Palace.
With a trip to Central America now in his sights, the versatile defender is focused on making an impression on Manager Martin Jol, with a view to starting the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season in top shape.
“It’s been great to be back,” he told the official website. “I went away to the United States, so that was a good break for me and now I’m delighted to be back training again and can’t wait for the new season.
“The trip to Costa Rica means we’ll get a bit more sun, which is always nice. I can’t wait to get back into playing football, which is obviously what I love to do. Going a few weeks without it is impossible for me, so I’m looking forward to going out to Costa Rica and meeting Bryan Ruiz’s people. It should be a good trip.
“Every game is an opportunity to showcase what you can do and I’ll be looking to impress the Manager in all three games.”
Briggs faces some tough competition for the left-back slot with John Arne Riise and Kieran Richardson around, but the youngster is hungry to succeed and hopes that his versatility will give him a chance.
“I’ve come back now [from a loan spell at Watford] and I’m hungry; I want to play,” he added. “I learnt so much under Gianfranco Zola, playing a few different positions as well, and hopefully I can bring that back here and make my mark on the First Team.
“Playing well at Watford increased my confidence levels, so I’m just looking to carry on and show the gaffer what I can do. He already knows what I can do, but I just have to show it to him and bring out that confidence in myself.
Despite being only 22, Briggs is now the Club’s longest serving senior professional as he made his First Team debut a month before Aaron Hughes arrived.
“It’s something I am certainly proud of,” he said. “I’ve been here for my entire career, since the age of 10 - I’m now 22, so I’ve been at Fulham for 12 years. It’s a great accomplishment and hopefully I’ll be here even longer and make my mark here. I want to be a regular in the First Team and to play for Fulham FC.”