David Button is sporting a lovely pair of black eyes - the result of an accidental training ground collision - when he walks into the communications office for his official matchday programme interview.
But you get the feeling that it would take more than a couple of shiners for Button to relinquish his starting spot between the sticks.
Having watched last term’s run-in to the Play-Offs from the substitutes’ bench, Button was back in for this season’s opener against Norwich City and been ever-present in the league since. He’s keen for that to continue.
“Looking back on last season, there were some highs and there were some lows, as is the life of a goalkeeper,” concedes Button. “There are things I’d like to improve on and hopefully I’ll get the chance to show everyone this season what I can do.
“Was it hard watching the run-in from the bench? Yes and no. Every footballer is desperate to play but I fully understood the reasons why I wasn’t. I was behind the lads and wishing them well. It was unfortunate we couldn’t get over the line so there was frustration there. But the season as a whole was a very good one for Fulham.”
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