Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell is excited by the prospect of playing Europa League football next season and is determined not to let it have a negative effect on the club's domestic form.

Having qualified for UEFA's second-tier tournament via the Fair Play League this year, the Cottagers will embrace the chance to test themselves once again in a competition where they reached the final back in May 2010.

"Playing in Europe tests you and at any stage of your career it is a highlight," said Sidwell.

"I've been fortunate enough to taste Champions League football when I was at Chelsea and also played in the Europa League at Aston Villa.

"It's a good competition and with the achievements the club made last season, I'm sure we will want to go far in it again."


Sidwell admits the increase in games in an already busy fixture schedule could prove to be a strain, but believes Mark Hughes' side have the strength and depth to overcome that problem.

"Coming back early doesn't really help because the demands of the Premier League are very tough.

"To add the Europa League does take a toll on the squad. But if you get a bit of luck along the way it can be successful."

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