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Saturday, January 26, 2008

QPR Snippets: Parrett in England U-17 Squad...Curtiss Looking for a Club...Cardiff-QPR Game...Leigertwood Speaks

Former QPR Dean Parrett was named to the England U-17 Squad to play Denmark, France and Portugal in Portugal, Feb 2-5 - Full squad

John Curtis Icons - Good times are on the horizon
I've stopped going in to Preston now, so I haven't actually trained properly for the last couple of weeks, although I'm running a bit and keeping myself in reasonable shape.
Although I'm desperate to play football it's been quite nice to have a couple of weeks free to see my family, sort a few things out and live a little bit more of a normal life.
I'm as hungry as ever and hopefully when the transfer windows closes and it quietens down a little bit there will be a few options available to me. Right now it's just too hectic and everyone's running around in circles.
I was asked recently if I was surprised about how my career has gone from then days when I was at United and obviously when I was in Manchester I believed I'd be there for a while and the world was sort of at my feet.
But you have to be lucky in football and perhaps I haven't always had the best of luck. You have to be in the right place at the right time and avoid being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
But, having said that, there have been a lot of good times, I've played with some fantastic clubs and met some brilliant people, so I've no real regrets. I do believe there will be more good times to come in my football career and they're just around the corner. Icons

SouthWales Echo/Terry Phillips -Barker keen to play only a week after hernia op
CHRIS Barker, the full-back discarded by Cardiff City manager Dave Jones last summer, is aiming for a return to Ninian Park on Tuesday.
Yorkshireman Barker is determined to play for Queens Park Rangers – only a week after he had a second hernia operation.
The op, in Germany, was on Tuesday and he’s already back in light training.
Another former City player is also on his way back to Ninian Park with QPR. Gareth Ainsworth looks certain to be in their squad. ic Wales

Cardiff Manager - Cardiff Official Site
"City go into a tiring three days, starting on Sunday with a difficult short trip to face League Two Hereford and finishing on Tuesday night with the home game against QPR in the Championship.
"We've got a heavy schedule this week with Hereford making us play on the Sunday," said Dave Jones. "But when you're winning and doing quite well then people tend to get over those knocks and bruises that little bit quicker.
"We asked that we could play the game on Saturday but for some reason the police have said no. It's Catch 22, if we changed the QPR game to the Wednesday we would have had all the hassle of changing the programmes and the police and we still would have had the same problem because then two days later we travel to Stoke, so it's six of one and half a dozen of the other. If we changed the game to a Wednesday then we would have paid for the game on Saturday, and that's a 12:30 kick-off in Stoke so we decided to leave it al alone. "Obviously we want to keep the run going because we're winning games so it's important to keep that atmosphere and togetherness ticking along..."

Mikele Leigertwood believes the new-look QPR squad should 'fear no-one' as the business end of the season looms large.
The combative midfielder - who has recently returned to the Rangers side following a four match suspension - is adamant that the R's can keep climbing the table in the second half of the campaign.
"With the squad we've got now, I don't think we should fear anyone," he told www.qpr.co.uk.
"A few weeks ago, people were probably looking at the fixtures and thinking 'QPR will lose that one,' but now I think they can see that there's a bit more quality with the way we're setting ourselves up and approaching games.
"Everything has changed really quickly, but hopefully for the better."
However, Leigertwood has warned his QPR team-mates that they need to be on their guard for the midweek trip to Ninian Park.
With a rare weekend off due to the FA Cup fourth round ties, the R's return to Championship action against the rejuvenated Bluebirds on Tuesday night.
After a mid-season slump, Dave Jones' Cardiff side have soared up the table to eighth in recent weeks, with five wins from their previous eight fixtures.
"We're on a decent run of form, but we have to respect Cardiff, who have really improved in recent weeks," said Leigertwood.
"They almost beat West Bromwich Albion in their last league game, but we have to approach the match in a positive manner, that is what the gaffer wants us to do." QPR

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