Eddie Johnson is relishing the prospect of proving himself in England with Fulham and has no regrets over rejecting Derby last summer.
The fleet-footed American finally wrapped up his move to Fulham following a wrangle over a work permit and he is itching to show his class and aid The Cottagers’ battle to avoid the drop.
Johnson could have been plying his trade in England at the start of the season, had he accepted an offer from Derby, but he opted to sit tight in MLS until January.
“It was a dream come true to make the move to The Premier League,” Johnson told Fulham’s official website. “It is every young American soccer player’s dream to come over here and play.
”To have moved over here and know some guys from the American national team, it has made it all the more wonderful for me.
”I am really excited to get going, it is without doubt the best league in the world and I feel that I am part of a great team here at Fulham.”
Derby are in a worse situation than Fulham and he is content with his decision to turn down The Rams.
“Last summer Derby County came in and made an offer to The MLS to bring me over to The Premier League, but at that time I still thought that I had something to prove in The MLS, not only to myself but as a player playing in that league,” added Johnson.
“This was a high risk decision because teams in The Premier League might have thought I was turning down a move so would never be interested.
“I knew, though, that if I worked hard and got some goals then the interest would still be there and God willing teams would come in for me again, which is what happened with Fulham.”