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According to the Australian press, Fulham have added a game against Gold Coast United to our Australian itinerary in July.

Mark Schwarzer’s Cottagers, currently seventh in the Premier League, will complete their Australian itinerary two days later with a clash against A-League champions Melbourne Victory.

Gold Coast hope to recoup a large slice of an estimated $300,000 outlay by attracting a 20,000-plus crowd to their 27,000-capacity crucible.

United CEO Clive Mensink confirmed the clash would go ahead when he told The World Game: “We have agreed in principal to play Fulham. It’s going to be a tremendous way for us to introduce ourselves to our supporters on home soil.

“We hope they will come in droves to watch two very good teams and enjoy Socceroos team-mates Jason Culina and Mark Schwarzer facing off against each other.”

I do fear disappointment for our blossoming fan base in Australia if we make Europe though. An early start in the Europa Cup might put a pin in our Down Under tour.