Thursday 11 July 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
After narrowly avoiding relegation the previous season Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez manager sought to strengthen his squad over the summer and West Ham United full-back Paul Konchesky and the Leeds United striker David Healy became his fifth and sixth signings of the close season.
"Paul's best footballing years will be spent at Craven Cottage"
Konchesky, 26, had struggled for matches at Upton Park after the arrival of Alan Curbishley in mid-season, while Healy, who was reunited with Sanchez having played for him for Northern Ireland, left a Leeds side who were relegated to League One.
"My interest in signing David Healy has been well documented in recent months and I am delighted that he has signed for the club today," Sanchez said, before expressing his joy at the acquisition of Konchesky. "At 26, Paul's best footballing years will be spent at Craven Cottage and I am looking forward to him becoming an integral member of our side next season."
The pair joined Chris Baird, Aaron Hughes, Steve Davis and Diomansy Kamara as new signings at Craven Cottage.
Konchesky survived Sanchez’s early departure from Craven Cottage in the 2007/08 season to become a stalwart in defence under Roy Hodgson, who brought the left-back with him to Anfield in August 2010 when he became Liverpool manager. In total Konchesky played 93 Barclays Premier League matches for Fulham, scoring twice.
Healy did not last quite as long at Fulham. He was unable to replicate his prolific form for Northern Ireland at club level, only managing four goals from 30 matches in the League in his first season with Fulham and was sold the next summer to Sunderland.