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Friday, February 13, 2009

Traing Ground in Danger....Camp Move to Nottingham Forest in Question

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London Informer/Paul Warburton - QPR could lose training ground to Heathrow third runway

[Note: This was speculated about by some fans a few weeks ago]

QPR could be a victim of Heathrow's third runway and lose their training ground as early as 2011.

Insiders at the Imperial College Sports set-up are expecting to vacate the Harlington complex where Rangers are tenants, with both falling victim to Heathrow's expansion.

The site just south of the M4, and a mere wingspan from Terminals 1-3, is within the proposed plans, and if application and government consultations are fast-tracked, Imperial and the surrounding area could see the first shovelfuls of earth turned over by November 2011.

Rangers only moved in three-and-half years ago after Chelsea moved out.

The Premiership team decamped to a new setup in Surrey and allowed the Hoops to move out of a cramped arrangement that saw them playing 'second fiddle' to rugby side Wasps in Acton, according to former boss Ian Holloway.

Olly was scathing over the set-up in Twyford Avenue, where he felt Rs were an afterthought when the rugby giants became cohabitants as both also shared Loftus Road under former chairman Chris Wright.

Now, Imperial feel they will have to get very lucky to overturngovernment support for the Heathrow add-on.

A source said: "Of course, Imperial don't want to lose their grounds.

"The football teams there also get help from QPR coaches, and the advice has been a great benefit.

"But it looks as if this thing is going to happen and we're going to have to look elsewhere."

Rangers have been on the hunt for a new ground for 10 years after recognising homely Loftus Road with its 19,000-capacity will never meet the demands of a top-flight team.

Overtures for sites as far out as Feltham have been met with a stony resistance, and finding a new top-notch training ground will also require an exhaustive search.

A QPR spokesman said: "We are well aware of the situation and we're working with our landlords, Imperial College, to get clarity on the situation going forward."

The official Imperial word was equally cautious.

"Imperial College is aware the proposed third runway would affect its Harlington sports ground, and is registered as an interested party in the consultation process," said a spokesman. London Informer

Ealing Gazette - QPR camp in limbo as Nottingham Forest waver
QPR say they have received no approach from Nottingham Forest for Lee Camp, write David McIntyre and Richard Steele.

The goalkeeper recently had a spell on loan at Forest and played against them in Saturday's 2-2 draw at the City Ground.

Camp, back in goal for Rangers because Radek Cerny has a hamstring problem, was previously told he had no future at Loftus Road and was made available for a move.

Forest signed him on loan in October with a view to completing his permanent transfer once the January window opened.

But Camp ended up back at Rangers when his loan period expired, and his hopes of returning to the east Midlands appeared to be crushed when Billy Davies took over as Forest manager.

Davies was Camp's boss at Derby, where the former England U21 international fell out of favour and was eventually sold to QPR following two successful loan spells at the club.

Camp has since declared that he "never had a cross word" with Davies and would be interested in signing for Forest.

But QPR sporting director Gianni Paladini this week insisted that Forest had made no move to sign Camp, and as the Gazette went to press yesterday (Thursday) morning that was still the case.

Rangers say a fee of £1m was agreed for Camp's permanent move to Forest when he joined them on an initial loan deal - and they have not reduced their asking price.

Paladini said: "If Nottingham Forest were to make an offer for Lee we would consider it, but we haven't heard anything from them.

"Forest know what they need to do if they want to sign him, because it was agreed when he went there on loan. We're talking about a player who has been back in our team recently and has twoand-a-half years left on his contract here. We're not looking to give him away."

Camp was shunned following the summer signing of Cerny and believes there is no place for him at Rangers despite his recent return to the side.

The 24-year-old expects Cerny to return for the home game against Ipswich a week on Saturday, which would leave Camp out in the cold again.

He could be given the option to go back to Forest - or elsewhere - on loan, although Rangers say they would first want to sign a keeper themselves....
- Ealing Gazette

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