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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 June, 2005, 21:57 GMT 22:57 UK
Australian Elrich moves to Fulham
Ahmed Elrich
Elrich has scored four goals for Australia in 13 appearances
Fulham have signed Australian international midfielder Ahmad Elrich, who said he was "absolutely thrilled".

The 24-year-old signed a three-year contract after the Cottagers agreed terms with Korean club Busan Icons.

"He trained with us for a week in May and showed great commitment, enthusiasm and ability," said boss Chris Coleman.

"He has blistering pace to rival that of even the fastest players in our squad and I've no doubt he will be an asset to us next season."

Moving to the Premiership has fulfilled a life-long ambition for Elrich, who intends to make the most of his opportunity.

"It has always been my dream to play for my country and to play in the Premiership so I'm absolutely thrilled," he said.

"To play under Chris Coleman will be great also, you can tell he has the respect of all the players and he really wants to do well.

"He gives 110% and the players want to play for him. Being a former player at the highest level he can give me really good advice about taking this step up."


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