Fulham full back Marlon Fossey has completed his permanent move to Standard Liege.

The American defender, desperately unlucky with injuries in recent years, only made his senior debut for the Whites last month in the League Cup defeat at Crawley Town. Now 23, Fossey had seen recent loan spells with Shrewsbury Town and Bolton Wanderers cut short by injury. The US under-20 international, who had shone coming through the ranks as a speedy winger, has opted to move to Belgium for more regular first-team football to reignite his career.

Fossey told Fulham’s official website this evening:

“It’s a sad moment leaving Fulham and saying my goodbyes a few days ago was emotional. I’ve been in and around the club for about 12 years so I’m comfortable with everyone. It’s also exciting that I’m stepping into a new environment at a higher level than I was playing at last season. The key for me was to play at a higher level consistently, and hopefully if I put the work in I can achieve that now.

“Initially, I was coming over every weekend for like a month and thankfully I did sign with my family there with me. My time here has been amazing. I really appreciate the many fans who have been looking out for me over the years and giving me words of encouragement when it came to injury progress.”