Baird to battle before Jol 'chat'
Chris Baird, linked with a move back to his former club Southampton, wants to stay at Fulham and fight for his first-team spot.
The 30-year-old defender was omitted from the Northern Ireland squad for last month's friendly with Holland to 'consider his future', according to national coach Michael O'Neill.
And reports have suggested a return back to the south coast to the club where he made his name - and played in the 2003 FA Cup final - could be on the cards.
Baird made just 13 Premier League starts last season, despite Fulham boss Martin Jol losing Zdenek Grygera to injury before Christmas.
He was linked to West Brom midway through the campaign, but now Roy Hodgson has left the Hawthorns and he is entering the final 12 months of his contract at Craven Cottage.
But Baird, who is yet to be offered new terms, wants to stay with the Whites and battle it out for a first-team spot at Craven Cottage.
A source close to the player told the Fulham Chronicle: "Chris only has a year left on his contract but is happy at Fulham.
"He just wants to play football. If the time comes when he's not involved then he'll have a chat about his situation."