Stockdale ready for battle
David Stockdale expects Fulham to sign another keeper if Mark Schwarzer leaves - but he will fight for his place.
Last Updated: 16/08/10 9:46am
Fulham's David Stockdale fully expects the Cottagers to sign another goalkeeper if Mark Schwarzer leaves - but he will fight for his place in the side.
The 24-year-old started against Bolton on Saturday after Schwarzer was injured in training and he was in inspired form in the goalless stalemate at the Reebok.
If Schwarzer gets his wish and moves to Arsenal before the transfer window slams shut, Stockdale believes Fulham boss Mark Hughes will recruit another stopper.
But the 24-year-old, who joined the Cottagers from Darlington in 2008, hopes to fight off the competition and win an extended run in the side.
The keeper told the Daily Star: "I feel excited to have played, done well and hopefully given the manager a dilemma.
"We have Mark Schwarzer and Pascal Zuberbuhler and they are two great people to learn off and I've been happy doing that.
"If Mark goes, I fully expect Fulham to bring another goalkeeper in and that would be the right thing to do I think.
"I just hope I've shown the gaffer that I am capable of doing a job for him and given him something to think about.
"I'd rather Mark stayed really, but you hear the rumours about the clubs that are interested and it's not the sort of thing that comes along very often in your career.
"So, from that point of view, you can understand why he'd want to leave, but then Fulham will want to keep a world-class keeper like him."
If Stockdale does retain his place in the side, he will face the task of keeping out Manchester United hot-shot Wayne Rooney next time.
He added: "Keeping Rooney out wouldn't be an easy thing to do. He hasn't scored for a while, but you saw last season how good he is.
"I'd love to get a run in the team and show people what I can do. It's taken two years to get to this point."