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Fulham keeper heads North

last updated Wednesday 08th November 2006, 11:35 AM
Fulham goalkeeper Mark Crossley

New Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws has moved quickly to complete the loan signing of Fulham goalkeeper Mark Crossley.

The Owls have secured the experienced stopper's services up to and including the home game with Hull City on 1 January 2007.

Barnsley-born Crossley, 37, was a teammate of Laws at Nottingham Forest and has also represented Middlesbrough before signing for Premiership Fulham in 2003.

Laws said: "I'm delighted Fulham have allowed him out.  I know Mark well, he's experienced and is a good organiser.  He brings a work ethic and a calming influence to the team and is also a good passer of the ball."

"He did a tremendous job for Stoke when he went there on loan.

"He's a local lad and knows what is expected of any Wednesday player. His experience and organisation and his ability will strengthen our defence."

Fulham Football Club announced that on Tuesday 7th November Mark Crossley begun a loan period with Sheffield Wednesday that will see Mark play his football at Hillsborough until January 2007.

UEFA B & A qualified Crossley suffered an injury at the start of the season which restricted his appearances, but the keeper is now fully fit and keen to play football.

This afternoon at Fulham’s Training Ground Mark Crossley said: ‘I have worked hard to regain my fitness after a frustrating period at the start of the season. Having spoken to Chris Coleman I know that he wants me to get some games under my belt, so this is the best way for me to achieve that and I’m grateful to Sheffield Wednesday and Brian Laws for this opportunity.

‘I am looking forward to playing some football at a ground I know well, and then just seeing what happens in January.’

Crossley’s debut for Sheffield Wednesday is understood to be Saturday’s game against Ipswich away.






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