Former Premier League striker Riki Fulton is eager to help the Ipswich Knights in their push for promotion next season.
Former Premier League striker Riki Fulton is eager to help the Ipswich Knights in their push for promotion next season. Claudia Baxter

Fulton keen to make an impact

IF enthusiasm counts for anything, Ipswich Knights signing Riki Fulton is ready to make an impact.

English born and raised, Fulton is the first newcomer added to the Knights combination preparing for next year's Football Brisbane Division 1 competition.

Having played with newly acquired Knights head coach Ashley Hempstead in the past, the 30-year-old striker is eager for a reunion in a team with Premier League quality.

"It's going to be really exciting," Brassall-based Fulton said.

"I've just turned 30 and I'd like to achieve something before I retire. I've got a few good years left in me.

"I see this as a good opportunity with the Knights, because they are a good team and the opportunity again to work with Ashley."

Fulton played for Slacks Creek last season.

"I scored against the Knights at the end of the season," he said.

"We lost 4-2 but last year I missed about six games in the middle of the season because my father-in-law died. I had to go back to England for the funeral."

After moving to Australia aged 15, Fulton lived in Adelaide before returning to his homeland for a year.

He relocated to Brisbane in 2001, going on to play for Acacia Ridge, where he enjoyed his time, although the club was relegated.

Encouraged to play in the Premier League, he switched to Rochedale but left three games into the season.

His next club was The Gap, before returning to Acacia Ridge.

In 2006, Hempstead lured Fulton to Pine Hills, where he had a productive year before returning to England for another stint.

After an indifferent season with Slacks Creek, he welcomes the chance to join an Ipswich club with promise.

"It's good to have that depth across the whole team and have competition for places," he said.

Fulton's wife Alex played for the Knights Division 2 women's team last season, winning the players' player award.

The new Knights signing is a community engagement officer for Biosecurity Queensland, having moved to Brassall in July last year.

And as for Hempstead's coaching style, Fulton is a fan.

"When you know him, he's a good, honest guy," Fulton said.

"You know where you stand with him. He's straight-talking."



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