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ETHERIDGE JOINS ON LOAN

20 September 2012

Rovers sign keeper from Fulham

Rovers have signed goalkeeper Neil Etheridge from Fulham on loan.

The 22-year-old, who has 37 caps for the Philippines, will initially spend a month at the Memorial Stadium.

Etheridge joined the Fulham Academy in 2006 after three years as a trainee at Chelsea, and he made his senior debut for Fulham in UEFA Europa League against Danish club Odense BK last season.

In September 2008, Etheridge signed for Isthmian League Division One South club Leatherhead on loan for the entire 2008–09 season.

At end of the 2009/10 season he signed a new one-year deal, keeping him at Fulham until the summer of 2011.

Etheridge received his first senior team call-up on 11 September 2010, when he was named on the substitute bench as cover for Mark Schwarzer.

In March 2011 Etheridge joined Charlton Athletic on loan, but was recalled six days later without playing for them.

Etheridge signed a contract extension in May that would extend his stay at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2013.

Chairman Nick Higgs said: “I would like to welcome Neil to the club, he adds some more competition for places between the posts.

“I would also like to thank Fulham for letting us have him for the next month.”

A former England Schoolboys international, he now represents the Philippines at international level.


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