Baird tips bright future
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Baird is confident Lawrie Sanchez's new-look side will not struggle.Fulham new boy Chris Baird is confident Lawrie Sanchez's new-look side will not be battling to beat the drop next season.
Sanchez has wasted little in stamping his own mark on Craven Cottage, having made several signings upon being named as Chris Coleman's permanent successor in the summer.
Former Northern Ireland boss Sanchez has brought three of his former charges to West London, with the signing of Baird following on from the capture of Aston Villa duo Aaron Hughes and Steven Davis.
Baird rejected an offer from Sunderland in order to link up with Sanchez and having moved to the capital, he is confident he has arrived at the correct choice.
"We don't want to be in the same position we were in last season - we want to be secure in the Premier League and hopefully we can finish much higher up next year," he said.
"I'm sure with the players we've got we can do that. It's been a long, hard wait but thankfully it's all done and dusted now and I'm a Fulham player.
"To play in the Premiership was one of the major reasons for me coming here.
"There are good quality players here and I'm just looking forward to the season. It's not the easiest start against Arsenal but I don't see why we can't get a result if we do things right in pre-season."