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Sidwell looking for settled squad at Fulham

17 June 2013 19:36

Steve Sidwell believes that a settled squad will ensure Fulham make progress next season.

There were a host of new arrivals before the start of last season but Sidwell is hoping to reap the benefits of continuity under Martin Jol next term.

Sidwell made 31 appearances during the campaign but missed seven of the last eight matches through suspension, and the 30-year-old admitted that it had been a struggle at times at Craven Cottage.

Jol has moved quickly to bolster the ranks at the club and Sidwell hopes that the early arrivals of Derek Boateng, Fernando Amorebieta and Maarten Stekelenburg will allow them to gel as group before the action begins in August.

"It was a bit of a transitional year for us, one where there were a few new faces," he told the club's official website.

"Obviously there will be more players arriving over the summer, but the main body of the squad will have had that experience of playing together.

"It's important to get those new players in early and get the squad nice and settled ahead of the new campaign. I'm looking forward to seeing who else comes in, as last summer we saw the arrival of some very good players."

Fulham started the 2012-13 campaign in good form but fell away badly towards the end, finishing 12th. Sidwell is determined that they show greater consistency next season.

"The season started well, but then we went through a bit of a sticky patch," he continued.

"We picked things back up at the start of the year, but then, as we know, we didn't finish the season too well.

"People would probably describe our season as a rollercoaster. We had some ups and downs, and okay, we didn't finish as high as we would have liked but there were still positives to be taken.

"On our day we are a very good side, perhaps we just struggled for a bit of consistency at times. We played well in patches and, at the same time, know that we could have played better in other parts of the season."

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