Vukovic embarks on EPL challenge

Perth Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has taken up an offer to train with English Premier League club Fulham.

Perth Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has taken up an offer to train with English Premier League club Fulham.

Vukovic will fly to England and is expected to be in the UK for a three week period.

The Glory keeper-s outstanding form during the 2012-13 Hyundai A-League season drew the attention of the Cottagers, who extended an invite to take a closer look at his qualities.

Vukovic, 28, will train under Fulham goalkeeper coach Hans Segers and alongside Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who is the established no.1 at Fulham. Glory coach Alistair Edwards said this opportunity for Vukovic was great for the player and also a good sign of the growing stature of the club and the Hyundai A-League.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Danny,” Edwards said.

“It's the first time that Danny will experience the top class European football environment and to be training alongside Socceroo legend Mark Schwarzer will be inspirational. If everything goes well for him, he could get a chance to sign for Fulham, which would be great.

“Obviously, Danny has had a very good season for us and he has a role to play in our future. But if an opportunity to join Fulham came up, Perth Glory wouldn-t stand in the way of that. The relatively short nature of our A-League competition presents challenges for player development and at the very least Danny's season has been extended for a further three week period which has only positives for the player, club and the growing status of the Hyundai A-League"

Edwards said the overseas interest in Vukovic and other domestic stars such as Marco Rojas (Melbourne Victory) and Terry Antonis (Sydney FC) was a sign of the A-League-s growing international status.

“As we continue to improve as a club and as a league, we should expect that more overseas teams will be looking at the players we have in our domestic competition,” Edwards said.

“It-s a feather in our cap that a club like Fulham has taken notice of what-s going on in the A-League and recognised the quality.”