Duff happy with Fulham ambition

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Damien Duff is convinced he has joined a club going places after signing a three-year deal at Fulham.

The fee with Newcastle for the 30-year-old has not been disclosed, but is believed to be in the region of £4million as the north-east club come to terms with the cost of relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship.

Duff said: "Fulham had a fantastic season last year and I know having spoken to the manager in recent days that the club's ambitions remain high and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead."

Having made his breakthrough under Cottagers boss Roy Hodgson when they were both at Blackburn, Republic of Ireland winger Duff believes Fulham have a squad capable of building on last season's seventh-place finish which secured a crack at the new Europa League.

"I am happy that my move to Fulham has been completed and look forward to joining in with the rest of the squad's training programme immediately in preparation for two important home matches this week," said Duff, who had joined Newcastle from Chelsea during the summer of 2006.

Hodgson's men opened the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth, and will face Russian side Amkar Perm on Thursday night in the first leg of their play-off to reach the group stages of the Europa League before hosting west London rivals Chelsea on Sunday.

The Fulham manager is in no doubt Duff - who became a regular under him at Ewood Park during the late 1990s - still has what it takes to make an impact in the top flight.

"I am delighted to add a player of Damien Duff's calibre to our squad, and welcome the further midfield options he provides us with," Hodgson said on the club's official website,

"I have known Damien for over a decade since he broke into the first team at Blackburn when I was manager, so I am fully aware of his qualities and I am looking forward to working with him again."

Fulham are also hopeful of completing a deal for South Africa midfielder Kagiso Dikgacoi, once a work permit has been rubber stamped.

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