Brave off his line and when taking crosses, Marcus Bettinelli has worked tirelessly on all aspects of his game. An excellent communicator too, the player’s voice is often one of the loudest out on the pitch.
In October 2012, Marcus was rewarded with a contract extension which tied him to the Club until June 2014. That same month, he agreed a loan at Conference Premier side Dartford where he quickly became first choice until his return to Fulham in March 2013, and he was called out on an emergency one-month loan to Accrington Stanley in August 2013 before the club extended it until the end of the season.
He was recalled by Fulham on Boxing Day 2013 following an injury to Maarten Stekelenburg and took his place on the substitutes' bench as the Whites won 2-1 at Norwich City.
Returned to Stanley where he continued to impress as the Lancashire outfit moved clear of the League Two relegation places. His form saw him named Accrington's Young Player of the Season.
Following the departures of David Stockdale and Maarten Stekelenburg - the latter on loan - in the summer of 2014, it became a straight battle between Marcus and fellow Academy graduate Jesse Joronen for the number one jersey.
Joronen was initially preferred but Bettinelli's performance in a Capital One Cup match at Brentford saw him keep his place. Until the arrival of Gabor Kiraly, that was.
But the appointment of Kit Symons as Manager saw Bettinelli reinstated between the sticks, and he went on to enjoy a superb season from a personal point of view. The fans agreed, too, as they voted him second in the Player of the Season poll, while he also won international recognition with England Under-21s.
After signing a new four-year deal at the start of the 2015/16 campaign, Bettinelli soon suffered an unfortunate knee ligament injury during the 2-1 defeat to Hull City in August. Despite reports claiming the stopper would be out for the entire season, he returned seven months later, and was back between the posts for the final nine games of the campaign.
His father, Vic, is Fulham’s Academy Goalkeeping Coach.
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