Player of the Day: Marton Fulop

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Hungarian stopper in the spotlight.

Hungarian goalkeeper Martin Fulop made 50 appearances for Sunderland in four years on Wearside between 2006 and 2010.

After spells with multiple clubs in his native Hungary, Fulop joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2004 as cover for Paul Robinson and Radek Cerny.

The Hungarian international spent time on loan with Chesterfield and Coventry City in order to get first team experience, before moving to Sunderland, initially on a one month loan deal, in December 2006.

Marton made five appearances as deputy to Darren Ward as Roy Keane’s Black Cats won promotion to the Barclays Premier League in 2007.

Fulop joined Leicester City on loan for the 2007-08 season as Ward dropped to number two following the signing of Craig Gordon from Hearts.

The Budapest-born stopper became a more prominent member of the first team in the 2008-09 campaign as Gordon was injured for large parts of the season and Fulop made 30 appearances in all competitions.

Widely praised for some superb performances towards the end of the season which helped keep the Black Cats in the top flight, Fulop began the following season well and turned out a fine performance in a 1-0 win at Bolton Wanderers on the opening day.

A total of 13 further appearances would follow before Marton joined Manchester City on an emergency loan deal in April 2010.

Spells with Ipswich Town and West Bromwich Albion followed for Fulop before he moved to Asteras Tripoli in Greece for the 2012-13 season.

In June 2013, Fulop announced he would be taking a break from the game after having a tumour removed from his arm.