He might not being in the greatest run of form at the moment, but Fulham full back Stephen Kelly doesn’t regret joining the Whites from Birmingham City in the summer.

The Irish international is likely to be on the bench when his former side come to Craven Cottage for Sunday’s Premier League fixture having filled in for the ineligible Nicky Shorey against Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday. Kelly admits the prospect of playing European football, which has done regularly for Fulham this season, was too good to turn down.

I don’t regret coming here. Birmingham have had a fantastic season but for me coming to Fulham and playing in Europe at a higher level was the next step up for me. You need to be testing yourself at the highest level, and for me that’s in Europe.

He says he’ll be in touch with former Fulham goalkeeper Maik Taylor before the kick-off tomorrow.

I get on well with all the lads and will give Maik Taylor a text before the game winding him up. You’re playing against your old team and you want to do well and get one over on them. I had a fantastic time there and they’ve done really well this season, but it would be nice to get a win against my old side.