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Thursday 28 June 2012

Fulham sign Croatian striker Petric

Experienced forward moves to Craven Cottage on a one-year contract

Mladen Petric scored 38 goals in 98 appearances for his former club Hamburg

Fulham have swooped to sign experienced Croatia international forward Mladen Petric on a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old, who has scored 12 goals in 44 appearances for his national side, was a free agent after his contract expired with German side Hamburg.

The move reunites Petric with Fulham boss Martin Jol, whom he played under when the Dutchman was in charge at Hamburg.

"I like the Premier League and it has always been one of my wishes to come here," Petric told Fulham's official website.

"I know the manager well and I know that he is always looking to strengthen his attacking options"
- Mladen Petric

"I played with Hamburg against the club two years ago in the Europa League. It was very nice to play at Craven Cottage with a fantastic crowd and I have enjoyed a good relationship with every member of the club I have met since."

Petric scored the opening goal in that Europa League semifinal in 2010, a match the Cottagers went on to win 2-1 on route to the final.

He also netted the winning goal in Croatia's famous 3-2 win against England at Wembley in the Euro 2008 qualifier that ended Steve McClaren's tenure as national coach.

Petric has a fine goalscoring record in the Swiss and German leagues, and netted 38 goals in 98 appearances for Hamburg. Now the player is relishing a new challenge in the Barclays Premier League.

"I'm very happy to be part of what is happening at Fulham," he added. "The club is doing very well and that was why I decided to come here.

"I know the manager well and I know that he is always looking to strengthen his attacking options and I hope that we can do even better next season."

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Key Points

  • Fulham sign free agent Mladen Petric on a one-year-deal
  • Croatian international striker had played for Hamburg since 2008
  • Petric is reunited with former Hamburg boss Martin Jol
Tags: Fulham