WORK HARD

The Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell has said that the club should be working as hard as possible in order to bring an end to the contract dispute with the captain and defender Brede Hangeland.

Brede Hangeland has been one of the best defenders in the Premier league since his arrival a few years ago, and it was not a surprise to see him being named as the club captain after the departure of Danny Murphy. The player only recently returned from suspension and helped his team bring an end to the eight match winless run in the Premier league, which has made Fulham slip into the bottom half of the table.

The 31-year-old has been one of the main defenders for Fulham, which has even led to talk of him joining Arsenal a few years ago. However, he committed his future with the London club, but it seems that his stay at Craven cottage will be coming to an end this season. He is out of contract at the end of the season and will be available to leave on a free transfer. He is also capable of discussing terms with other clubs once the transfer window opens on January. Sidwell has said that Hangeland is one of the important players and the club should do everything to keep him.

"You want to keep all of your best players. His partnership with Hughesy (Aaron Hughes) has been instrumental to the club's success throughout the past few years. You want to keep your best players to progress as a football club in the Premier League. We lost (Danny) Murphy last year skipper-wise and Brede was a natural leader on the pitch when Murph was here," said Sidwell. The 30-year-old midfielder has scored four goals in 17 Premier league appearances for Fulham this season.