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David Stockdale warns Maarten Stekelenburg

last updated Thursday 08th August 2013, 11:58 AM

Fulham keeper David Stockdale
Fulham keeper
David Stockdale
David Stockdale
Fulham keeper David Stockdale has warned Maarten Stekelenburg he faces a fight for Fulham's number one spot.

The 27-year-old has made just 18 league starts in his five years at Craven Cottage, spending most of the time playing second fiddle to Mark Schwarzer.

However, the Aussie was replaced in the summer by Stekelenburg, who will begin the season as first choice.

But Stockdale insists he will give the Dutchman a run for his money as he tries to wrestle the shirt from his grasp.

He said: "I will make Maarten or Neil Etheridge, whoever is in front of me, work for their job. That is what I am going to do, make it hard for them.

"We have fun outside when we are training together but that is my ultimate goal and whatever I do I will work hard and make sure they deserve that spot.

"For me, every day I have the chance to show the manager what I am capable of. When you are fighting to get into the first team you have got to really fight to get in there and then you can't stop fighting - you have got to fight every day.

"Just because Mark Schwarzer was No1 for all those years does not mean that I was easing off and letting him be there.

"Sometimes I like to look at it that I was pushing him to be as good as he was. Obviously he is as good as he is anyway but you need to have that competition."

Source Jacob Murtagh at Fulham Chronicle
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