Player Departures

Friday 23 May 2014 16:00

The Club would like to thank those players whose contracts expire this summer.

Damien Duff departs the Club after five years of service in SW6, during which time he was involved in some of our most memorable years.

He joined Fulham in 2009 and his debut season saw him play an influential role as Fulham reached the Final of the UEFA Europa League. He subsequently helped the Whites to consecutive top-10 finishes in the Barclays Premier League and departs Craven Cottage having played 173 matches, scoring 22 times in the process.

During his time at the Club, Duff won his 100th, and final, cap for the Republic of Ireland at the European Championships in 2012. Injuries limited his impact in the 2013/14 season and his last Fulham game came in the FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United in February.

Another long serving player to leave the Club is midfielder Steve Sidwell, who scored 17 times in 113 Fulham games.

Brought to the Club, initially on loan, from Aston Villa in January 2011, the ‘Ginger Iniesta’ became a firm crowd favourite courtesy of his work rate and knack for popping up with important goals. His final season at Fulham saw him finish as top goalscorer.

Popular midfielders Giorgos Karagounis and Mahamadou Diarra are also on the released list. The evergreen Karagounis enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the Fulham faithful, playing with brilliant passion in each of his 47 appearances, while Diarra brought power, quality and high-level experience when anchoring the midfield during his two spells at the Club.

John Arne Riise’s final appearance for Fulham at Stoke City was his 100th for the Club, while Derek Boateng also leaves for pastures new following a solitary season in SW6.

Matthew Briggs will be leaving the Club after making 28 appearances, during which time he scored once; a fantastic long range strike against Crusaders in the Europa League. He remains the Premier League's youngest ever player, following his appearance against Middlesbrough at the end of the 2006/07 season.

John Heitinga impressed during his 14-game stay at the Club after signing on a short-term deal from Everton in January, with the tenacious defender proving to be one of our most consistent performers in our ultimately unsuccessful battle to avoid relegation.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge is the final player to depart who has played First Team football for Fulham – his sole appearance coming in a 2-2 draw with Odense in the Europa League Group Stage.

The Club would also like to thank the following youngsters for their contributions during their time at Fulham: Alex Brister, Charles Banya, Dino Islamovic, Ronny Minkwitz, Max Oberschmidt and Josh Pritchard.

We, of course, wish all these players the best in their future careers.