MARTIN Jol has left the door open for Zdenek Grygera to win a new deal at Fulham.
The Czech defender is out of contract following a long lay-off with a knee injury, but is back in full training as he tries to prove his fitness to the Whites boss.
Fulham have brought in right-back Sascha Riether on loan, while Stephen Kelly has also agreed new terms in SW6.
But Jol is ready to offer the 32-year-old the opportunity to remain at Craven Cottage.
He told the Chronicle: “Grygera was injured and looks better now.
“Hopefully he can prove himself before the end of August. If he proves he's fit I would like to keep him.
“He was one of the few players who did well from the start. I played him against Chelsea in the Carling Cup and he was the best man on the pitch. He's a good player.”
Grygera made just seven appearances for Fulham since his switch from Juventus last summer before suffering a horrific cruciate ligament injury against Spurs in November that ended his season.
However, the former Ajax full-back is determined to pull on the white shirt again and prove his worth to his boss.
“I am happy and will spend pre-season with Fulham and we will see what happens in the next few weeks,” said Grygera.
“I would be very happy to stay here. It's difficult because there's two other right-backs so I don't know my situation.”
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