Australian defender Cameron Burgess is out to cement a spot in Fulham’s first-team squad as the English Championship kicks off this weekend.
The 19-year-old centre back made his debut for the Cottagers last season and has been with Fulham for the past four years.
After receiving some game-time in pre-season, starting in matches against Colchester United and Hertha Berlin, the youth international says he ready to go for the new campaign.
Fulham start the Championship away to Cardiff City on Saturday.
“Pre-season has gone great so far,” Burgess told FourFourTwo.
“I’ve been playing a good amount in pre-season and played quite well, so far I’ve been very happy. I’m not sure of the squad yet (for Cardiff), I’ll just have to wait and see.
“I’m still just taking it one day at a time and doing the best I can. I haven’t had any conversations (with the manager)] as of yet but I’m happy with my involvement so far.”
Fulham had a difficult first season after being relegated from the Premier League, finishing 17th out of 24 teams. Regardless, Burgess says promotion is the goal for the London club this term.
“Promotion is the aim one hundred per cent,” he said.
“It will be extremely tough – it’s up there with the hardest leagues to get promoted from. Anyone can beat anyone and there are always points dropped.
“There are a lot of quality teams this year and I couldn’t limit it to any danger teams to a few because there are many of them.”
Burgess made four appearances for Fulham in 2014-2015 before joining Scottish side Ross County on loan in January. The defender did not make an appearance with the Staggies before returning to Craven Cottage at the end of the season.
“It wasn’t a great experience footballing-wise, but I learned a lot for myself,” Burgess admits.
“I didn’t play much football there but I learned how it all works at that level.”
The Young Socceroo and Olyroo, who was born in Scotland but raised in Australia, has been reportedly linked with a loan move to the A-League in the off-season. Burgess says this is news to him.
“I haven’t heard anything about that,” he said.
“Honestly I haven’t heard anything from any A-League clubs. I’m going to wait and see what happens, but I want to be playing games this season and if that’s on loan, then I’m very happy with that.”
Meanwhile, fellow Australian Adam Taggart is making his return to full fitness at Fulham and Burgess believes the Socceroo, who has endured a horror run of injuries in English football, has got his touch back.
“He has had a very good pre-season and has been very sharp in both training and games,” he said.comments