After the signing of Maarten Stekelenburg was finalised on Wednesday, it comes as no great surprise to report that Mark Schwarzer intends to quit Fulham Football Club this summer.
Making 170 appearances for Fulham over the course of 5 years, Schwarzer offered defensive stability and assured composure - something rare to find in a goalkeeper.
Although getting on in age, Schwarzer’s athletic ability over the last few seasons helped Fulham both domestically – his penalty saves away at Arsenal and at home to Queens Park Rangers – as well as his contribution in our Europa League campaign.
As a club, it’s not very often that we as fans experience the departure of a player in this manner, but as fans it is important to acknowledge that the somewhat ruthless side of the football business, can at times, ultimately benefit the team.
Mark Schwarzer certainly leaves big gloves to fill, and I am hopeful that Maarten Stekelenburg will respect this fact and produce much of the same quality we are used to seeing in between the sticks.
Here at Cottagers Confidential we wish Mark Schwarzer the best for the future, and thank him for his services to Fulham FC.