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Gudjohnsen putting Stoke disappointment behind him

Eidur Gudjohnsen endured a miserable spell with Stoke, only making five substitute appearances after struggling to find fitness and form following his arrival from Monaco last summer. The Iceland striker now hopes his six month loan move to Fulham will kick-start his stuttering career.

"Hopefully I can get my career back on track," the 32-year-old told Fulham's official website.

"I'm grateful for this chance and it's a great opportunity for me to show what I can do. I fully intend to make the most of my time here and then we'll see what the future holds.

"My situation wasn't great at Stoke in all honesty and I've got the opportunity to come here and impress the manager, get games under my belt and help Fulham push forward."

The former Chelsea man is determined to do all he can to help the Cottagers climb the table from their current position of 15th.

"Whether I'm setting up goals or scoring doesn't really matter to me as long as the team is moving in the right direction," Gudjohnsen said.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my first training session and I just hope to be a positive influence.

"Obviously there's big competition for places here at Fulham but I'll do my best to bring out my qualities and help the team between now and the end of the season.

"I think this team's got a lot of quality and the position in the league doesn't reflect that. I know all about the area and the club so coming to Fulham was an easy decision for me."

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