Philippe Senderos will take great pleasure in providing Fulham manager Martin Jol with something of a selection headache, as his fine performances in the UEFA Europa League qualifiers have put him in serious contention for a starting place in the Cottagers line-up come the start of the domestic campaign.
The 26-year-old Swiss international is well aware of the level of competition for places in the middle of Fulham's defence, but has set about the task of dislodging the long-standing, and largely successful partnership of Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes with great endeavour.
"I'm ready to fight for my place," said Senderos. "We've got great quality in the squad, good competition as well. That's very important, we're going to have plenty of games for everyone to shine.
"The new manager has tried to keep the same things, not change everything but obviously we try to play offensive football and I think we're creating chances and it's working quite well.
"I want to work hard and with the help of everyone, be ready to fight for my place. Hopefully another top ten finish would be fantastic for the boys and we always want to be better."
The Fulham squad departed for Croatia this morning ahead of another challenging Europa League encounter against RNK Split tomorrow night - already the fifth competitive game of the west Londoners 2011-12 campaign.
Senderos for one, is enjoying the opportunity to test himself in European competition, and hopes the club's progression will help kick-start another successful year in the Barclays Premier League.
"For me, every game is important," he continued. "I try to go into the game with the same mentality and I want to win.
"We have to be competitive because we want to go through and reach the group stages. We're working hard in training as well and it's still part of the pre-season.
"I'm really looking forward to the season [ahead], looking forward to staying fit and helping the team to achieve its goals."
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