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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Delaney on His Season, His Place, and the Impact of Sousa....Richard Langley on His Terrible Injury and QPR

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Dave McIntyre/Kilburn Times - No pressure for Damien [Delaney]
- DAMIEN Delaney insists he is unperturbed by QPR's recent move to bring in left-back Gary Borrowdale.
- The writing appeared to be on the wall for Delaney after a dip in form resulted in him being left out in favour of an out-of-position Matt Connolly.
- But Delaney has returned to the side and kept his place since Borrowdale was signed on loan from Coventry with a view to a permanent move in January.
- "It doesn't really bother me, to be honest," Delaney said.

"If you look at it, left-back is probably the only position we didn't have cover for. For every other position on the pitch we had two or three players.

"I knew we were going to get a left-back in. With my disciplinary record, I do pick up suspensions and with my loss of form, Matt Connolly played at left-back.

"It's just a case of me knuckling down now and keeping my place in the team."
Delaney admitted: "It's fair to say I've not been at my best this season. It was a long season and then I played for Ireland in the summer and also returned to pre-season training early, so maybe there was a bit of fatigue there.
"Hopefully now with the new manager coming in, me and the team can both kick on from here."
- And Delaney believes the appointment of new coach Paulo Sousa has helped improve his performances
- He said: "His [Sousa's] approach has been to say 'as my left-back, this is what I want from you.'
"It's a bit more defensive but what he has done for me is defined my role. With Iain Dowie it was more of a free role but the new man has given everyone their role for the team and you can see us carrying it out to a tee
. Kilburn Times

Ex-QPR Richard Langley Talking About His Injuries, Bristol Rovers and QPR

-- Richard Langley Darkest days of my Career
- It was hard spending so much time on the treatment table I said in my last blog that this has been one of the hardest periods in my footballing career and I must say a big thank you to the friends, family and team-mates who helped me through the hard times. There were low points, almost bordering on depression at times, but their support kept me positive and focused on getting through it and playing again. It was a long rehabilitation but I had two gym partners that used to go through the same routines with me everyday. That helped a lot and we became good friends through it.
- The fact I was at Luton at the time and the club was in such difficulty made it even harder. I could only look on as events off the field took their toll on the pitch. Even the boys who were playing found it hard to focus. And I´m sure the money situation played a part in that. To be told that you were not going to be paid for an indefinite period when you have mortgage payments to make and a family to look after is difficult in any profession.
- There were low points, almost bordering on depression at timesI´d like to stay I´m still in contact with a lot of people at the club but only Keith Keane and Dean Brill are still there. We speak from time to time but I don´t have the same connection as I have with QPR, where I spent most of my career.
- I still have strong links with Loftus Road and I really hope for the fans that it works out the right way. New owners are coming into football a lot and not all of them have the club´s best intentions at heart. I hope they do at QPR. It´s not a big-time club like Chelsea, it´s more of a family club. You have the same people going to Loftus Road now as have been going for years and it´s those kind of people who make up the backroom staff as well. As long as they keep those people at the club happy they should be OK. Richard Langley Blog

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