Fuller: I've got nothing to prove
RICARDO Fuller today insisted he had nothing to prove against former club Crystal Palace.Fuller, 26, had an unsuccessful spell at Palace after he joined them on a three-month loan deal from Jamaican club Tivoli Gardens in February 2001, with a view to making the transfer permanent.
RICARDO Fuller today insisted he had nothing to prove against former club Crystal Palace.
Fuller, 26, had an unsuccessful spell at Palace after he joined them on a three-month loan deal from Jamaican club Tivoli Gardens in February 2001, with a view to making the transfer permanent.
However, the striker, who was just returning to competitive action after 13 months out with a back injury, then suffered another injury.
He only made eight appearances, including six as a substitute, during his time at Selhurst Park and failed to score.
Fuller said: “I went to Crystal Palace to find my feet and get back into the game but it never really went to plan as I had been out for such a long time.
“Trying to play at 100 per cent and at 100 miles per hour I then got injured again.
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“If I played a certain amount of games they would have signed me, but with me not being totally fit it was a bit difficult for them from a business point of view.
“They had doubts and I had no problem with that - that's how it goes.
“But it's all in the past and I just want to look ahead as much as I can.
“I take every game as it comes and I'm always going to do my best.
“It does not matter if it's against a team that I have played for before, I just try to do the best I can - I have nothing to prove to anyone.”
After leaving Crystal Palace, Fuller then played for Hearts, Preston, Portsmouth and Southampton before joining Ipswich on a loan spell in February.
He has scored once in two games and insisted that Town still had something to fight for this season, but had to get a good result from tomorrow's away encounter at Palace.
“We are only nine points off the play-offs with eight games left so there is still everything to play for,” said Fuller.
“It's not going to be easy and it has become a bit harder because we lost against Preston but anything could happen.
“Crystal Palace is another hard game, but not an impossible one. They are coming off a 3-1 win (against Stoke) and we were beaten 3-1.
“It will be difficult but we have the players that can grind out the result and take the three points.
“We definitely need the win so we are going to try our best to get that.”
Fuller, who still has another 18 months left on his Southampton contract, would be willing to extend his loan deal at Portman Road until the end of the season.
“I have still got three games left in my current spell and the main thing is to just concentrate on that,” said Fuller.
“The lads and coaching staff are great, everything is fine and the club is nice. I would have no problem staying, but you do not know what the future holds.
“I'm just going to do my best as a player and the let the people in charge of contracts sort things out.”