MARK SCHWARZER, one of the last survivors of the 2010 Europa league final, says he not be returning to Fulham next season.

The 40-year-old Australian, pretty much a permamant fixture between the sticks since he arrived at the club from Middlesbrough in 2008, but the arrival of Dutch international Maarten Stekelenburg signals the end.

Speaking after taking part in Australia's 1-1 draw against Japan in a World Cup qualifier, Schwarzer said he was not surprised about the signing of Stekelenburg and accepts it means he has to move on.

"I've been hearing that for a while, so it's no great surprise and I'll be looking for another club," Schwarzer told News Ltd. "But nothing has been sorted at the moment."

Schwarzer wants to keep playing first-team football ahead of next year's World Cup and he hopes to remain in England, having ruled out a move back to his homeland.

Asked if the A-League was a possibility, he said: "Not at this stage, no. My family's settled and the kids are in school and I wouldn't (move) my family anyway.

"And when you talk about the length of season, it's never ideal when it finishes in April so, as far as I'm concerned, I'll try and stay in Europe for as long as possible and England would be ideal."

Stekelenburg is Fulham's fourth signing of the off-season, following earlier moves for German full-back Sascha Riether, Ghanaian midfielder Derek Boateng and Venezuelan defender Fernando Amorebieta.


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