Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Schwarzer is find of the season: Hodgson

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been hailed as the signing of the season and can rub salt in former club Middlesbrough's wounds today.

The 36-year-old left Boro on a Bosman last summer and while Gareth Southgate's men have been battling against relegation this season, Schwarzer has been playing his part in Fulham's push for Europe.

After more than a decade at the Riverside Stadium, Schwarzer makes his return this weekend and could plunge his former club closer to the relegation trap door.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is full of praise for the Australian goalkeeper.

"We didn't buy him of course, he was a free transfer," Hodgson said. "So in that respect, if the transfer cost to Fulham was zero he must be the best signing of the season."

Hodgson's men are eighth in the Barclays Premier League and seventh should get them into the Europa League next season.

They have only conceded 28 league goals so far and Schwarzer (below) has played a key role.

"He's had an outstanding season, the goalkeeper we thought he was” Hodgson added.

“His performances have been unbelievably consistent and the way he deals with shots and crosses has been very good.”

“The stability he has brought to the team is something you can see in the confidence the back four have in him,” he added.

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