Profile: Hull City loan signing David Stockdale
Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale has joined Hull City on loan.
The Leeds-born goalkeeper will join the Tigers until January 2, and will be available for the visit of Burnley on Saturday.
The 27-year-old’s career began with Huddersfield Town youth system, where he played before joining the York City youth setup. He quickly established himself, being offered a scholarship in 2002.
Stockdale remained with the club until August 2006, when at the age of 20 he penned a one-year deal with Darlington.
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His stellar performance over the course of 11 games earned him a contract extension, with Darlington boss Dave Penney telling the club’s official website: “He has deserved it. We didn't expect him to play as many games as he has done.
"Our thoughts at the start of the season were to send him out on loan, but he has been excellent and has deserved the reward of a new contract."
Stockdale remained at the club until June 2008, when he made a move to Fulham. The highly-rated youngster agreed a two-year deal with the club for an undisclosed fee.
He told the club’s official website: "I am delighted that my move to Fulham has finally been made official, as it has always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League”.
In the autumn of 2008 Stockdale made his first loan move, to Rotherham United, and his performance landed him an extension into the New Year.
Leicester City was the next club to secure Stockdale on loan, followed by Plymouth Argyle.
A month prior to his Plymouth move, Stockdale penned a new long-term contract with Fulham, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2013.
The goalkeeper remained at Plymouth until the spring of 2010, after seeing his loan spell twice extended.
In June 2011, after being replaced by Rob Green in the England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland, there appeared to be question marks over Stockdale's future at Craven Cottage. But Fulham boss Martin Jol confirmed he would try to him out on loan, and stressed he had no plans to sell the goalkeeper.
In the weeks that followed, a number of clubs including Swansea and Leeds expressed an interest in Stockdale. But in July he penned a four-year contract at Fulham, and joined Ipswich on a season-long loan.
The goalkeeper was recalled to Fulham in December following an injury to goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.