John Arne Riise
JOHN Arne Riise insists he's fit and raring to go ahead of his Fulham debut against Crusaders tomorrow night.
Boss Martin Jol confirmed the left-back will start in the Europa League qualifier as the Whites look to secure their place in the next round.
And the Norwegian, who played 60 minutes in the friendly defeat against Stevenage at the weekend, admits he can't wait to pull on a white shirt.
Riise said: "I'm a couple of weeks behind the others but I worked hard in the summer so I feel fit already.
"When I knew I might be signing for Fulham I did 10 days of hard training on my own because I didn't want to be too far behind everyone else.
"I'm really looking forward to it. We got to the final two years ago and if we can do the same it will be awesome. We'll just take it one game at a time."
Riise admits he sounded out younger brother Bjorn before agreeing a deal in SW6 – a decade after the 30-year-old snubbed a move to Craven Cottage to join Liverpool.
He added: "Bjorn made me know the club a little better from the inside, how they train and look after the players.
"The main part is that it's a good squad, I like the manager and his style of football, and the chairman loves the club."
Advanced tickets (before 9am tomorrow) are still available for the clash, priced at just £5 adults, £1 children.
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