Heracles head off Fulham move for Davidson

Socceroo Jason Davidson won’t be joining Fulham on a free transfer this off-season after his Dutch club Heracles automatically extended his contract for another year.

The 23-year-old left-back started all three of Australia’s 2014 World Cup matches and has been heavily linked with a move to Championship club Fulham.

It had been known Davidson was keen on finding a new home this off-season, having come out of contract in the Netherlands as of July 1 after two-and-a-half seasons in Almelo.

However, Heracles have moved to exercise an option in his contract to extend his deal for a further season and are keen on retaining him on a two-year deal according to football director Nico-Jan Hoogma.

“In January, Jason and his agent indicated they would like to continue here for two more years,” Hoogma told Dutch reporters.

“He wanted to wait until the World Cup with Australia to decide but because we wanted to keep him we haven’t terminated his contract.

“The fact he hasn’t left (by July 1) means he is under the same conditions. Those are the rules of the collective agreement for professional footballers and we’ve discussed this with Jason and his agent.”

Fulham, who were relegated from the Premier League in 2013-14, are in the market for a left-back following the departure of John Arne Riise.

The Cottagers have already signed Socceroo Adam Taggart this off-season, while they re-signed young Australian winger Ryan Williams on a two-year deal.