Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has revealed his plans for Ross McCormack after the striker signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract on Thursday.
McCormack asked to leave the west Londoners in January, amid a £9m bid from Middlesbrough, according to the Daily Mail, but the move failed to materialise and the Teesiders signed Blackburn's Jordan Rhodes instead.
Despite Fulham's lowly position of 18th in the Championship, McCormack has again been the Cottagers' standout performer, scoring six more goals and providing two more assists in the league than any of his teammates (Moussa Dembele and Tom Cairney respectively).
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The former Leeds United striker, who cost the club £11m, per Sky Sports, hasn't scored in his last three, however, with Jokanovic of the belief he can be better than he is at present.
And despite McCormack having entered his 30th year, the former Watford boss hopes to build future Fulham teams around the Scotland international.
“As I say many times, he’s our key player,” Jokanovic told Fulham's official website. “We want to build the team around him. He’s an experienced striker, he scores many goals every season.
“It’s a great step for us, I believe it’s a great step for him too, and all of us believe he can still be better than he actually is right now in this moment.”
Fulham face Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage on Saturday, with McCormack no doubt be keen to show Aitor Karanka's men what they are missing.
Jokanovic and Karanka played against one another in Spain and went head-to-head in the dugout last season as the former steered Watford to promotion.