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Socceroos left back Jason Davidson is reportedly set to join English Championship side Fulham when the English transfer window opens on July 1st. The Australian international will move on a free with his contract at current club Heracles Almelo running out according to sportsmole.co.uk.

Davidson, who played 90 minutes in both of the Socceroos’ pre-tournament friendlies, as well as full games against Chile and the Netherlands during the World Cup, joined Heracles in 2012 from Portuguese club Paços de Ferreira. Davidson made 30 league appearances last season, becoming a key player as he helped the club maintain their place in the Eredivisie.

Fulham were relegated from the Premier League last season after an aging squad began to creak, but coach Felix Magath has vowed to remain at the helm and regenerate the squad. The signing of Davidson, who will turn 23 before the season kicks off, represents another step in that process.

Fulham have also been heavily linked with a move for Davidson’s Socceroos teammate Adam Taggart, of the Newcastle Jets. It has been reported that Taggart, the winner of the 2013/14 A-League’s Golden Boot award has already undergone a medical in Brazil ahead of finalising the transfer.

Aussies Ryan Williams and Cameron Burgess are already at Craven Cottage. Williams is expected to play a role in the Fulham first team after a successful loan spell with Oxford United.

For Davidson, the move to England presents him with a chance to play in a league where pace and power are prioritised and he can develop the physical aspect of his game. His time spent in the technical Eredivisie will no doubt help with the transition to English football, where his qualities on the ball will shine.

Fulham coach Magath has a reputation for working players extremely hard and demanding military-like levels of fitness, which shouldn’t be a problem for Davidson who is a tireless worker on the left flank for club and country.

The Championship has a grueling 46 game season, as well as two cup competitions, but Davidson should be up for the challenge. Davidson will compete with the likes of Kieran Richardson and Republic of Ireland youth international Sean Kavanagh for game time at left back, although that could all change with Magath preparing to perform major overhaulson the Fulham squad.

Andrew Cussen

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