Steve Sidwell insists Fulham will be treating the Europa League with the utmost respect next season.
The Cottagers will be playing European football next term as Mark Hughes' side qualified via the Fair Play League.
Although Premier League action will be first and foremost among the players' minds, Sidwell does not believe the Europa League will be an unwanted distraction.
Sidwell is confident his team-mates will be keen to advance as far as possible in the competition despite the fact the extra games may take a toll on their league programme.
"Playing in Europe tests you and at any stage of your career it is a highlight," said Sidwell.
"I've been fortunate enough to taste Champions League football when I was at Chelsea and also played in the Europa League at Aston Villa.
"It's a good competition and with the achievements the club made last season, I'm sure we will want to go far in it again.
"Coming back early doesn't really help because the demands of the Premier League are very tough.
"To add the Europa League does take a toll on the squad. But if you get a bit of luck along the way it can be successful."