FULHAM plan to loan out David Stockdale again this season to get the keeper some vital first-team experience.
The 26-year-old has made just 23 competitive appearances for the Whites since his switch from Darlington in 2008, spending most of his time warming the bench behind number one Mark Schwarzer.
Stockdale has had spells out on loan at Rotherham, Leicester, Plymouth and most recently Ipswich Town.
And with Schwarzer set to start the new season between the sticks at Craven Cottage, the Whites will allow Stockdale to leave to get some game time.
Goalkeeping coach Hans Segers told the Chronicle: “They have to fight for the number one spot, but to be fair to Mark he's been absolutely outstanding so to replace him will be difficult.
“David's a top keeper and needs to play, so as a club we're looking to get him on loan somewhere where he's playing week in, week out, with a recall clause.
“That will make him a better goalkeeper because sitting on the bench you don't really learn anything. David can only become better by playing.”
Neil Etheridge will be promoted to back-up keeper if Stockdale does get a move away from SW6, while Hungarian Csaba Somogyi will remain at the club.
Segers added: “We're very blessed as a football club to have four good goalkeepers on the books, but sometimes it's a bit frustrating for the boys.
“Everybody wants to play and only two of them can make the first-team squad.
“Somogyi came as a third or fourth-choice goalkeeper. He's really steady and has improved a lot over the past year.
“I'm really pleased with his progress and he's happy how things are. We need numbers in training so only one can out at one time.”
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