Stephen Kelly keen to keep up good Fulham form

The Irish fullback is keeping his focus on finishing the season strongly with the Cottagers, before he can turn his attention to the upcoming Euro 2012 tournament
Republic of Ireland right-back Stephen Kelly has admitted to looking forward to Euro 2012, but first wants to finish the Premier League season strongly with Fulham.

The Cottagers have enjoyed a strong first campaign under new manager Martin Jol, and look in a good position to match the record seventh-place finish achieved under Roy Hodgson in 2009, currently sitting two points off Everton in ninth place, and having picked up 10 points from a possible 12.

"We've been playing well and if we can continue our good form and the good performances that we have been putting in, then there's no reason why we can't get to 50 points and then build on that," Kelly told the club's official website.

"We'll be looking to finish in the top eight which is definitely achievable with the points we're on and the games coming up.

"Then once the season has finished, I'll have an eye on the Euros. It's a major tournament and I'm so lucky and so privileged to be involved and I can't wait for that to start.

"The season is coming to a close and having that to look forward to is amazing."

The Irishman is enjoying his best season with Fulham since joining the club in 2009, having made more than 20 appearances for the first time in his Craven Cottage career.

This run of games was disrupted by a wrist injury sustained in the club's draw with Chelsea, but the former Birmingham man is confident of a swift recovery.

"It was obviously disappointing to miss the game," he said.

"Things have been going really well recently and I've been enjoying my football. Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back playing.

"I'll be looking to get back into training this week and get the confidence built up again. It's a matter of getting back into training and hopefully it will feel good and I'll be available at the weekend for the game against Everton."

"We already have 10 more points than we got last year, and I am happy that we can finish the season well."