Gera out to shine
Zoltan Gera is ready to kick-start his Fulham career after his first season was disrupted by injury.
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 22/06/09 4:33pm
Zoltan Gera is ready to kick-start his Fulham career after his first season at Craven Cottage was disrupted by injury.
The winger was restricted to just 20 starts in the Premier League last term after signing from West Brom last summer.
Despite a turbulent debut season at the Cottage the 30-year-old insists that he has no regrets about leaving the Baggies.
However the Hungarian international did state that at certain moments while he was sidelined he did question his decision to leave the Hawthorns.
"I expected a better season," he said. "There were moments when I asked myself, 'did I make a good decision?'
"Four years is a long period, I got used to the atmosphere, the fans accepted or I may say they liked me but I wanted to change.
"When I decided to go to London many people asked me, why Fulham?
"I was sure about it one year ago that Fulham wouldn't have relegation problems - not like WBA. I'm very sorry about West Brom's 20th position. If I must answer I didn't regret changing team last year."
Having finally regained his place in Roy Hodgson's starting XI towards the end of the last campaign Gera is eagerly anticipating the extra fixtures that participating in the newly formed Europa League will bring.
"It wasn't easy to win my place back in the team but finally I succeeded," he added. "I needed more time to adapt at Fulham.
"I missed the joy from my previous season, I was suffering for a year but I hope to go on with a better one.
"I have the will and I am determined. We'll have a huge number of games because of the Europa League so I'll surely have the possibility to show that I can produce better than I did last year."