Calum Chambers says his experience of watching Fulham last season played a major role in his decision to join the Club.
The defender caught enough of the Whites’ successful 2017/18 campaign to convince him to swap North for South-West London when the opportunity presented itself this week.
When asked what it was like to watch from the outside, he replied: “It was amazing. The run you guys went on towards the end of the season was incredible.
“The style in which Fulham played is not easy, in that league especially, so to do that and be successful with it was great to see.
“Everyone can see that Fulham’s a club that likes to play football, play football from the back, through the lines. That’s the style of football I like to play as well, so I think it fits me and suits the way I play.
“I’m really excited. I watched a lot of Fulham last season, I really like the way they play football, there’s a good manager, it’s a great club, so I’m really excited for the season ahead.
“I know a lot about the Club, so when I heard that Fulham were interested in having me here I was really happy and I wanted to come. Everything just felt right.”
A full England international, Chambers has ambitions of returning to Gareth Southgate’s squad, but knows that will only happen if he performs well for the Whites – which is his primary goal.
“For me, first off, I want to do well for Fulham,” he said. “I want to come here and show everyone what I can do, and then obviously the long-term goal is to get back in the England squad as well.
“But my first aim is to come to Fulham and do well for the team, and give everything I can.
“Competition for places is huge, it keeps everyone on their toes and makes everyone perform at their best ability. There are players coming in, which will push everyone to be the best they can be.
“I’ve played quite a few [Premier League] games now, and I want to come here and show the experience I’ve gained in the past.”
Having played at Craven Cottage before, Chambers is looking forward to stepping out at the famous old ground once again on Saturday, if selected for the season opener against Crystal Palace.
“It’s a good stadium, it’s got a lot of history,” he said. “I remember the fans in the crowd and the atmosphere being very good, so I’m looking forward to hearing that again.
“It will be a nice pitch and hopefully a good day, so I’m really excited for it.”