Hughes wants Schwarzer stay

The Australia goalkeeper was again in excellent form over the

weekend as he played a pivotal role in Fulham’s goalless draw at

Newcastle. The 38-year-old, who submitted a transfer request over

the summer as he saw a move to Arsenal fail to materialise, is out

of contract at the end of the season. Fulham are now looking to

finalise a new deal with the former Middlesbrough shot-stopper.

“The saves he made – that’s the quality of the keeper we’ve got and

that’s why we’re working so hard to keep him here,” Hughes said.

“If we’re going to be successful, we need a quality keeper and

that’s certainly what Mark is. “He knows what we provide and knows

the environment very well. He’s not just got good players on the

field of play, but a huge support staff behind him. “He knows that

the environment which has been created at Fulham is second to none.

“When you get to the latter stage of a career you have to be able

to recover well and have all the up-to-date information in terms of

recovery. “What Mark has got is a real presence. With all the top

keepers they have a presence and that permeates towards their

team-mates.”