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Midfielder left Craven Cottage due to contract talks stalling

Bullard: hard to leave Fulham

Bullard: hard to leave Fulham

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Jimmy Bullard told Goals on Sunday how difficult a decision it was to leave Fulham for Hull in 2009

"I was speaking to Fulham over a contract which was stalling and because I'd had a big injury, I was a bit worried about my future."

Jimmy Bullard

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The all-action midfielder swapped London for Humberside in a £5million deal in the January transfer window after an injury-hit three-year spell at Craven Cottage.

Bullard made only 39 Premier League appearances for Fulham due to a long-standing cruciate ligament problem.

But he still became a firm favourite in west London after playing a vital part in the Cottagers' miraculous escape from relegation in the 2007/08 season.

Bullard admits that leaving Fulham was a wrench and he does still have some regrets over the way it happened, but he says that the excitement and security of Hull's offer was too difficult to refuse.

"I enjoyed myself immensely there. Coming back to London, being a London boy - and we played some fantastic football," said Bullard.

"Roy (Hodgson) always wanted to get the ball down and play, and I had a lot of good mates there. I played alongside Danny Murphy in midfield, who is still one of my mates, and what a good player to play with, so it was a hard decision.

Stalling

"To be fair, I was speaking to Fulham over a contract which was stalling and because I'd had a big injury, I was a bit worried about my future.

"I went up to Hull and I loved what Phil Brown had to say. There were people like Geovanni and George Boateng and a lot of other good players there, too.

"And in the end, both parties were happy with the fee and I went up there and played some football."

Bullard explained that the hardest part about leaving Fulham was waving goodbye to the Cottagers' fans, who he says were terrific to him despite the fact he spent much of his tenure in a Whites' shirt on the treatment table.

"The fans were brilliant to me when I come back after 18 months out," added the 32-year-old, who is now on loan at Ipswich from Hull.

"It was a great atmosphere at the Cottage; it's right on the river, and I scored some goals there which is always nice.

"At the time it was a difficult decision [to leave]. Sometimes football doesn't work out the way you want it, but I'm still playing the game I love playing and you get on with it."

Treat

Chris Coleman - who brought Bullard to Fulham from Wigan in 2006 - one described the energetic midfielder as "the best two million pounds the club has ever spent."

And Bullard told GoS how he repaid his former manager - by draining his wallet dry on a pre-season tour!

"He (Coleman) took us away pre-season and as we went into the hotel I clocked his room number," he added. "I made out I'd treat the boys to a game of golf and it was all on Cookie's room!

"Even the Real Madrid boys were in the hotel and I was buying them all drinks. When Cookie got his bar bill, it was two-and-a-half-grand heavy!"

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