Jol excited by European challenge

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Fulham boss Martin Jol has set about the task of putting together a squad capable of challenging on all domestic and European fronts next season.

After qualifying for next season's Europa League competition via the Fair Play League, the Cottagers must return to pre-season early ahead of their first game in less than three weeks time.

"It would be ridiculous to say that I am not happy with being in the Europa League," Jol told Fulham's official website.

"Let's not forget, though, that can hinder you in the season - the last time Fulham were in the Europa League (2009/10) they were 12th in the table.

"But it is my hope that we can build a squad that is strong enough to compete in all of these competitions."


With the first qualifier set for 30 June, Fulham will be hoping the additional fixtures and extra strain on their Craven Cottage squad will not hamper their league aspirations as the season progresses.

"We have got over 30 players, we'll start with the younger pros as well - we've got a big group," Jol continued.

"Not everybody will be back, but hopefully most of the people will be back and there won't be a lot of difference to playing a game after six days of training or three.

"It is a bit early, 30th June, so we have to work around it with good planning."

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