Nevland looking to end on high
Striker wants to take Europa medal back home
By Mike Barton. Last Updated: May 6, 2010 5:38pm
Nevland: Hoping to play
Erik Nevland is hoping to finish his Fulham career with a flourish by winning the Europa League trophy.
The striker, who was one of manager Roy Hodgson's first signings when he joined the club in January 2008 from Groningen, will return to Norwegian club Viking Stavanger at the end of the season.
The Norwegian has made five starts and four appearances off the bench for the Cottagers in Europe this season, and is desperate to play some part in the final and take home the trophy when they face Atletico Madrid in Hamburg on Wednesday.
Despite Hodgson's best efforts to keep the former Manchester United player at Craven Cottage, Nevland's desire to return to the club he began his career with means an appearance in the final would be his last for the club.
With first choice striker and top goalscorer Bobby Zamora still in doubt to start, Nevland may be asked to take his place in the starting line up, with the 32-year-old clearly relishing the prospect.
"We want to win every game we play but for me personally it would be an absolute dream to leave with a Europa League medal around my neck," he said.
"Obviously I want to play in the final. It's one of the biggest games I will play in and I want to be a part of it.
"There is still a big game to play so it's going to be exciting and we are looking forward to it."