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Stockdale makes Fulham switch

Darlington goalkeeper David Stockdale has joined Premier League Fulham on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old kept 20 clean sheets in League Two last season as the club just missed out on the play-off final after losing on penalties to Rochdale.

“I’m delighted as it has always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League,” Stockdale said.

“We are hopeful of great things from David,” Fulham manager Roy Hodgson told the club’s website. “He is one of a number of highly-rated young English keepers and will continue to develop his skills and realise his full potential at Fulham under the guidance of Mike Kelly and the rest of my coaching staff. I am confident that he will be a valuable asset to the team in the future.”

Fulham eyeing Stockdale swoop

Darlington boss Dave Penney has admitted there could be summer interest from Premier League strugglers Fulham for goalkeeper David Stockdale.

“There might be things going on with Fulham. We’ll let you know if and when things happen,” he said.

“Nothing can happen this season obviously. We aren’t going to start chucking things about before things are agreed with club or player.”

The 22-year-old has made 39 league appearances so far this season.

McDermott joins Darlington on loan

Fulham midfielder Neale McDermott has joined League Two Darlington on a month’s loan and he could be fast-tracked into the team to take on Peterborough tonight.

McDermott, son of Newcastle United coach Terry, has spent much of the campaign on loan at Swindon, where he scored two goals in 16 appearances and has been signed to provide midfield cover for the injured Anthony Peacock and Phil Stamp.

Quakers assistant manager Mark Proctor said: “This is a terrific signing for us as we look to consolidate our play-off position.

“Neale will give us another option as he is the type of player that will make runs into the box and try and get on the end of things.

“We never envisaged having to bring a midfielder in, but our hand was forced by the injuries to Phil Stamp and Anthony Peacock, while Adrian Webster is away with the New Zealand national team.”

McDermott, who will wear the number 14 shirt for the Quakers, has not yet featured for Fulham’s first team.