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Fredericks disappointed to miss Fulham trip

Filed: Thursday, 13th December 2018
By: Staff Writer

Former Fulham defender Ryan Fredericks says that he is hugely disappointed to be missing out on a return to Craven Cottage this weekend.

The Hammers right back is currently sidelined through injury and is expected to remain so until the New Year. As a result, Fredericks - who moved from Fulham to West Ham during the summer on a free transfer - will miss Saturday evening's trip to his former club.

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"Itís frustrating because that was the first game I looked for when the fixtures came out," he said. "But these things happen, itís part of football. Iím sure both teams are going to be in the Premier League for a long time, so thereíll be plenty more occasions for me to come back and play at the Cottage.

"Making the decision to leave was tough as Iíve only got good memories of Fulham, I met only good people, and Iíve not got a bad word to say about the club or anyone there. Everyone was amazing to me.

"Itís just I was at the stage of my career where I wanted to push myself, and I thought going to West Ham would be best for me and my football. To improve as a player and not rest on my laurels, thinking that I was going to be playing no matter what because of what Iíd done in previous years.

"It was a fresh start and a chance for me to kick on again. Iím always best when Iím tested and backed up against a wall, so thatís the decision I made.

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"The Fulham fans were always great with me. I think any fan is going to warm to you if you just do your best Ė and thatís what I tried to do, run up and down in every game and give my all for 90 minutes even if things werenít going my way.

"Even if I wasnít having the greatest game Iíd still put a good shift in, and I think they appreciated that. They understood what I could and couldnít do, and they were good about it."

However Fredericks' mind is very much set on West Ham now, and he admitted to being delighted at the club's recent improvement in form - even if he has been unable to personally contribute.

"It was a tough start, we had a lot of new players so it takes a few games," he said. "But we showed signs of it at the start even when we were losing, it just took a few games to start getting the wins under our belt. I think everyoneís seeing now what weíre capable of.

"And Iíve settled in well. All the lads here are proper good. Itís a good bunch of lads, like it was at Fulham. Thereís a good core of boys who have been here for a while. Obviously it would have been nice to get a few more games, but Iíve settled in with the lads well."

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