The Need For Speed

Friday 11 December 2015 12:26

On Monday morning, Ryan Fredericks took to Twitter to post: “New week, new start.” Expanding on the message to Saturday’s official matchday programme, Fredericks said: “I just felt like we needed to put the last couple of weeks behind us and get back to winning ways. Stuart Gray has come in as Senior Coach and it just feels like a bit of a fresh beginning. We had a meeting with him on Monday and it was all positive.

“He said with the players we’ve got we should be higher up the league than we are. He said we need to work on both boxes, defending it and attacking it, and he’s got a way of playing which he’ll be drilling into us. He likes his training sessions to be intense and sharp and everyone is fighting for a place.”

If things had turned out differently, Fredericks could have been sprinting down an athletics track instead of along the touchline for Fulham. Lightning quick, as a youngster he was a district champion in the 100m and the triple jump. Becoming a professional footballer, though, was always the dream.

“I’ve always been fast - I was born that way,” he laughs. “I try and bring other things to my game but that’s my main attribute. I did a bit of athletics back in the day. I got offered a few scholarships but I was never really going to choose anything other than football.”

Fredericks’ versatility has proved useful to Fulham in his short time with the Whites. Since his arrival, he’s appeared at full-back, wing-back and right midfield.

“I think I’ve done well for Fulham when I’ve played,” he said. “I’ve featured in a few positions now; it’s good to be versatile, you’ve got more chance of being on the pitch.”

Fredericks’ August switch to Fulham came about in a bit of a strange way. Linked strongly with a move to SW6 in the summer, he instead joined Bristol City from Tottenham Hotspur. Less than a month later, he was making his way to Craven Cottage, penning a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

“There were a few reasons why it didn’t work out for me at Bristol, so when I heard of the chance to come to Fulham I jumped at it,” stated Fredericks. “I think I’ve made the right choice. I’m really enjoying it here, I’ve settled in well. All the lads are great, which has made it easy. I like the training, everything about it is really good, we obviously just need to start picking up some positive results.”

To read the full interview with Fredericks, get your hands on Saturday’s matchday programme.

Other highlights in the only matchday magazine that matters - which is also available to download digitally from 9am on Saturday - are:

  • Chairman Shahid Khan explains why Fulham's search for a new Head Coach is taking longer than intended
  • New Senior Coach Stuart Gray reflects on his first week with the Club
  • Captain Scott Parker voices his delight at returning to First Team action and calls for a vocal home support against Brentford
  • Tim Ream answers some random questions in the Name Game
  • Sky Sports presenter Natalie Sawyer discusses following Brentford down the years
  • Abdes Ouaddou recalls his spell in SW6
  • Les Strong and Gentleman Jim pen their latest columns and we also hear from The Maccabees' Felix White
  • Plus, we continue to take a walk down memory lane to the 1998/99 promotion-winning season

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