Beasant set for Cottagers role

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VETERAN keeper Dave Beasant has flown out to Austria with the Fulham squad to help out with the goalkeeping coaching duties.

The 44-year-old is currently without a club, after rejecting Brighton's offer of a new deal at the end of last season.

There may be a possibility of Beasant joining Fulham, following the departure of goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton to Arsenal, but a club spokesman was quick to point out that he has not yet signed any sort of deal with The Cottagers.

However, it is understood he will be handed the opportunity to impress during the tour.

Beasant has played for a number of clubs during his 24-year career, including Nottingham Forest, Southampton and Chelsea, but he is best remembered for his time as part of the 'Crazy Gang' at Wimbledon, for whom he made nearly 400 appearances.

Edwin van der Sar is Fulham's current number one keeper, but Maik Taylor impressed last season, deputising for the Dutch star when he was unavailable through injury.

Taylor has been quoted as saying that he wants regular first-team football and so there may be an issue as to who will start the season between the posts for The Cottagers in their third season in The Premiership.

Fulham play Austrian side ASK Voitsberg on Wednesday, followed by a clash with Italian giants Roma on Saturday.

The pre-season tour then heads to Scotland, where Chris Coleman's side will face Motherwell on Saturday, August 2 and then Livingston on Tuesday, August 5.

Spanish side Real Mallorca travel to Loftus Road for the final warm-up match on Sunday, August 10, before the big Premiership kick-off at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday, August 16.