Fulham seek Elliott deal
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fulham are hopeful of reducing Simon Elliott's international jaunts.Fulham are hopeful a meeting with the New Zealand Football Association will see new signing Simon Elliott's international jaunts reduced.
The Cottagers landed the midfielder from Columbus Crew in the January transfer window, but they are scheduled to lose his services later in February as he has been selected to feature for New Zealand against Malaysia.
Fulham were aware of the situation when they signed the 31-year-old, but hope to thrash out a compromise with the New Zealand FA to ensure Elliott is only called up for key fixtures.
The London club have a similar agreement with the American FA over Brian McBride and Carlos Bocanegra and are hopeful New Zealand will be sympathetic.
Assistant manager Steve Kean explained: "We don't want him to go away as often as he is going to have to but we know that's the problem when you sign international players, especially from the southern hemisphere.
"We are trying to seek a meeting with officials of the New Zealand FA like we did with the American delegates when they came over."
Elliott is doubtful for Fulham's clash with West Brom this weekend due to a hamstring strain.
His absence would be a blow as Kean added: "He has settled in quickly and given us a defensive shield. He has shown to the fans he is very comfortable on the ball and has two good feet."