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Striker McBride to leave Fulham

Fulham captain Brian McBride
McBride's goals helped Fulham stay in the Premier League

Fulham's captain Brian McBride is to leave the club after four-and-a-half years to return to America.

The club wanted him to stay for at least another year but after making more than 150 appearances and scoring 40 goals, he has decided to leave.

"I've always stated my intention to go home at some stage and this seems like the right moment to move on," the 35-year-old told the club website.

"I'm proud that my last game saw the club stay in the Premier League."

McBride won Fulham's player of the year award twice during his time at Craven Cottage, and returned from a serious injury to score some of the goals which helped them avoid relegation on the last day of the season.

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"Brian McBride has been a fine ambassador for Fulham Football Club," said manager Roy Hodgson.

"As my captain last season Brian was truly respected in the dressing room and led by example on the pitch.

"His attitude is second to none - Brian is a true pro in every sense of the word."




see also
Lewington praises Fulham heroes
13 May 08 |  Fulham
Portsmouth 0-1 Fulham
11 May 08 |  Premier League
Struggling McBride hit by virus
05 Oct 06 |  Fulham


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