Ross McCormack aiming for Premier League as star striker signs contract extension at Fulham

Fulham’s top scorer Ross McCormack is staying at Craven Cottage after agreeing a new contract with the Whites until 2020.

The striker was previously under contract until 2019 and has now added another year to his current deal.

McCormack was previously linked with a move away from Craven Cottage when he handed in a transfer request to Middlesbrough last month.

But he insists he is now fully committed to Fulham, as he believes he can get to the Premier League.

“I think the past 18 months have not been acceptable for a club like Fulham, who were in the Premier League for so long,” the 29-year-old added.

“To not even be making a challenge to get there isn’t good enough.

“As a footballer, if I’m not playing in the Premier League, I want to be in a position where I’m fighting to get into the Premier League.

“Given the chats with the owner, the manager and the boys in the dressing room, it’s obvious everyone’s together as one and is desperate to be in a position to do that.”

But McCormack emphasised the current priority for the club is to stay in the Championship this season.

The forward said: “The most important thing is the club staying in the division and our quality is starting to show through now.

“On our day we can beat anyone in the league and we’ve shown against Hull and Derby that we can give teams like them a game.

“Personally, I never put any pressure on myself to score or create goals.

“Once you get to that level where I am, where I’ve scored a few and I’m only two goals behind Andre Gray, the ambition is to finish as top scorer in the league.”

McCormack has scored 18 goals this season for the 18th-placed Championship club, and believes he’s staying at a team now on the up after the arrival of manager Slaviša Jokanović.

He said: “Having spoken to the owner and the manager recently, I think there’s going to be a change in the club in the summer.

“You can already see it in the last four or five games, take away the Blackburn game, that the manager is starting to mould a style of play for us.

“All the lads are pulling in the same direction, which maybe hasn’t been the case for a while since I’ve been at the club.

“In the summer there’s a lot of work to do, but going on the back of the last four or five games, minus the Blackburn game when we were poor, it’s going to be interesting.”

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