Excited By The Challenge

Tuesday 2 September 2014 11:27

Matt Smith admitted he was delighted to join the Whites after a late move from Leeds United on Monday night.

The latest addition to Felix Magath’s squad put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal with an option of a further 12 months at Motspur Park and immediately set about underlining his intentions in the black and white of Fulham.

“It all happened quite late, but that’s transfer deadline day,” explained the striker to fulhamfc.com. “I’m absolutely delighted that the deal got done, though, and it goes without saying that I’m looking forward to getting my career at the Club started.

“I’m excited by the challenge and hopefully it will prove to be a successful period for Fulham and myself. I have a lot to offer and hopefully I can play my part – as a new player you just want to show what you can do.”

The 25-year-old has enjoyed an impressive rise from non-League football, joining Oldham Athletic in 2011. At Boundary Park he was part of the side that knocked Liverpool out of the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in January 2013 - scoring twice in the 3-2 victory.

The imposing frontman then netted in the 2-2 draw with Everton in the Fifth Round and again in the Replay defeat at Goodison Park. He joined Leeds on a free transfer in June 2013 and at Elland Road he developed a fine understanding with fellow Fulham new boy Ross McCormack.

“Obviously Ross is a player I know very well,” added Matt. “We formed a good partnership with one another last season and hopefully we’ll see that again at Craven Cottage. It’s a partnership I hope will come to fruition again.

“We’ve both come in and it’s up to us to prove our worth. There are a lot of good players in the squad, and I’m looking forward to working with them all. I scored a decent amount of goals last season, and hopefully I can continue that here at Fulham.”