Date: 12th February 2016 at 3:27pm
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Ross McCormack has been highlighted as Fulham’s One to Watch this weekend.

Name: Ross McCormack

Date of birth: 18.08.1986

Previous clubs: Rangers, Doncaster Rovers (L), Motherwell, Cardiff City, Leeds United, Fulham

Appearances (goals): 422 (146)

With 17 goals to his name in all competitions so far this season for a struggling Fulham side, it was no surprise to see Ross McCormack in the headlines during last month`s transfer window, with promotion-chasing Middlesbrough`s attempts to sign the striker rebuffed by the Cottagers.

Having apparently expressed his desire to leave the club by handing in a transfer request, despite only signing a contract extension to the summer of 2019 last August, he remains in West London for the next few months at least, when further speculation regarding his future will likely arise again.

At 29, and having never played in the Premier League despite his prolific goalscoring record in the second tier in recent years, the man signed 18 months ago for a reported £11million fee from fellow Championship side Leeds United will be desperate to test himself in the top flight in the near future.

McCormack looks well on course to overhaul the 19 goals he managed in his debut season at Craven Cottage, which ended in him being voted as the club`s Player of the Year, as his goals helped the side to a 17th place finish in their first season back in the Championship since promotion in 2001.

The forward has a knack of finding the net against the R`s, notching four goals in six appearances, including a double in the 4-0 defeat at Craven Cottage in the reverse fixture earlier this season, and a strike in each of his last two visits to Loftus Road while with previous club Leeds.

Having begun his professional career with Glasgow Rangers, with whom he made his debut in May 2004, and managed 14 appearances and three goals, one of which was an equaliser in a 1-1 draw away at Porto in the Champions League group stages, he was released by the Ibrox club in the summer of 2006.

Despite a successful loan spell at Doncaster Rovers in League One in the months prior to his release, which saw five goals in 19 matches, he was deemed surplus to requirements upon his return to Glasgow, and signed a two-year contract with fellow Scottish Premier League side Motherwell shortly after.

14 goals in two seasons at Fir Park sparked interest from Premier League side Wigan Athletic, and concluded with his first appearance for the Scottish national side in May 2008 in a 3-1 friendly defeat in the Czech Republic, the first of his 11 caps to date, in which he`s netted twice.

After a move to the Latics failed to materialise, McCormack signed for Championship side Cardiff City in June 2008 following the expiration of his Motherwell contract, and he hit the ground running in his first season at the club, finishing as the league`s joint-second top scorer with 21 goals, and 24 in all competitions.

Just five goals followed during his second season in the Welsh capital despite being almost ever-present, and play-off disappointment was to come at the end of the 2009/2010 campaign as the Bluebirds lost out to Blackpool in the final at Wembley, having twice taken the lead against the Tangerines in a 3-2 defeat.
After two seasons with the club, he was on the move again, as Leeds secured his services just days before the closing of the transfer window in August 2010 for an undisclosed fee believed to have been in the region of £350,000, and what turned out to be an inspired signing.

In his four years with the Yorkshire club he bagged 58 goals in all competitions, which included his most prolific season to date, as he finished as the Championship`s top scorer at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign, with 28 league goals.

After being given the captaincy during his final season at Elland Road, McCormack went on to clean up at the end of season awards prior to his departure, picking up the Player of the Year award for a second time during his spell at the club, while also being named in the Championship Team of the Year.

Despite what was a successful season personally for the player, he made it clear to the club`s hierarchy that he no longer wanted to play for the club, and after a substantial bid from Fulham was received, the club reluctantly agreed to his move to West London, where a similar situation looks to be playing out.