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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

QPR Report Wednesday: Hill to Nottingham Forest...Traore Call Up...Kevin Gallen Birthday...Barton Feud...Next: Aston Villa...QPR-Chelsea Ticket News

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- Update re Plymouth Axe Peter Reid as Manager


Nottingham Forest Official Site - Reds Swoop For Hill

Steve McClaren has moved swiftly to boost his defensive resources following the injury to Chris Cohen.

The Nottingham Forest boss has agreed terms with Queens Park Rangers to sign Clint Hill on a 93-day emergency loan.

Hill (pictured) will link-up with The Reds later this week and will be in line to make his debut in Saturday's televised Championship date with Watford at Vicarage Road.

Cohen is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after scans revealed he has ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee.

McClaren said: "It's a bitter blow for Chris who has been one of our stand-out performers so far this season but we are delighted to have agreed terms with QPR for Clint.

"He has great experience and will add to our defensive options."

Hill, who can operate in the centre of defence or at left back, played in all but two of Rangers' league games last season as they clinched the Championship title.

The 32 year old was included in QPR's starting line-up for their opening game of the Premier League season against Bolton but has not figured since after being sent off. Nottingham Forest

David McIntyre/West London Sport -QPR and Forest agree Hill loan deal

QPR have agreed to let Clint Hill join Nottingham Forest on a three-month loan deal.

The reliable defender was a mainstay of Rangers’ promotion-winning side but the recent signing of Luke Young meant his first-team chances were likely to be limited.

Forest are set to sign him as cover for the injured Chris Cohen and he is expected to make his debut for them against Watford on Saturday.

R’s boss Neil Warnock prefers to play with a dynamic full-back on one side and a steady player on the other, so the arrival of solid right-back Young meant the signing of an attack-minded alternative to Hill was a priority.

Armand Traore was duly transferred from Arsenal and has impressed with his swashbuckling performances against Newcastle and Wolves.

Young, Matt Connolly and Danny Gabbidon can all play at left-back if required, so Warnock is prepared to let Hill – who followed him from Crystal Palace to QPR last year – leave Loftus Road.

After Rangers’ Championship triumph gave Hill the chance to play in the Premier League at the age of 32, his first and only appearance in the top flight was an unhappy one.

He was sent off after lashing out at Martin Petrov during the opening-day 4-0 defeat against Bolton and Warnock’s pre-deadline signings meant Hill had dropped down the pecking order by the time he had served a three-match ban." West London Sport

LONDON 24/Ian Cooper - Summer signing wants to see out his career at QPR

West London boy DJ Campbell is feeling right at home

DJ Campbell has revealed he would jump at the chance to see out his career at QPR.

Twenty-nine-year-old Campbell scored his first goal for the Rs in the 3-0 win at Wolves on Saturday, after replacing Jay Bothroyd as a second-half substitute at Molineux.

Campbell, who joined QPR from Blackpool this summer, was born and bred in east Acton, and played for the club’s junior side as a teenager, and he insisted that once he left the Tangerines he was only ever going to join the club he supported as a young boy.

“Could I finish my career here? I’d love to,” said Campbell. “It’s a club that means a lot to me, I’ve got ties with this club from years and years ago. I was born literally two minutes over the road.

“It was always in my mind. I always thought I’d love to come back to QPR if I had the chance. Thankfully it’s worked out well.

“I had other clubs in the summer, maybe people would have said you should have gone there or here, but I’m 29, and after the season last year I thought this was the right time to come back, rather than moving or staying up north,

“I wanted to be with my family, and obviously my family were delighted that I chose QPR and I’m sure they knew that I was going to choose QPR.”

Follow Ian Cooper on Twitter @QPRTimes London 24
Guardian/Louise Taylor

Guardian/Louise Taylor - Karl Henry dismisses Joey Barton's new image as 'the same old story'

• Feud continues between Wolves and QPR midfielders
• Mick McCarthy defends Henry following Barton's criticism

One of the Premier League's most public feuds shows little sign of abating after Karl Henry described Joey Barton as "embarrassing".

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers captain has a history of hostility with Barton dating back to the latter's Newcastle United days but the matter appears to have inflamed since the midfielder's switch to Queens Park Rangers.

The pair clashed on the pitch during QPR's 3-0 win at Molineux on Saturday, prefacing a childish spat variously conducted via Twitter, television and audio interviews which continued to rage on Monday night.

Barton used Twitter after the game to call Henry "a Sunday league player" and "a mug" while also suggesting Mick McCarthy, the Wolves manager, must have been on drugs when he declined to sign him from Newcastle.

The Football Association duly examined the Twitter feed and, keen not to be seen interfering with players' rights to freedom of speech, had almost certainly resolved to take no action over a possible disrepute charge when Barton appeared as a guest on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday.

Once in front of the camera he claimed that Henry is "always sticking his foot in and trying to hurt people" and is only "out to make a name for himself". It is understood FA officials may now wish to review that footage.

That Sunday viewing proved the cue for further retaliation from Henry. "Joey Barton was telling everyone he is on 80 grand a week as usual. That is him," he said. "He always does that during the game. Always. He riles a few people up when he says those things and tells everybody how great he is.

"It is just embarrassing really. If that is what he wants to do, he can carry on doing it but that is why a lot of people dislike him. He has tried to reinvent his image but it is probably the same old story.

"I know we had our battle last season. I don't want to keep going over it. But [on Saturday] they were winning the match. There was no need for him to keep going on the way he does."

Although McCarthy declined to respond to the comments Barton had made in his direction he enthusiastically endorsed Henry's stance. "Opinions are like backsides," he said. "We have all got one but it isn't always wise to air them in public.

"Karl is one of the best pros I've ever worked with in terms of his attitude and conscientiousness to his profession. He has earned himself the right to play in the Premier League by his guts and determination and made himself a better player. I've got nothing but admiration for him and never, ever, has he gone out to hurt anyone. In defence of my player, who has been with me for five years, I'd hang my hat on him all day long. He is a great guy.

On the subject of Barton's assertion that Henry is a "Sunday League player" McCarthy was scathing. "Not unless Wolves are in the Dog and Duck League! He is a Premier League player," he said. "He captained us to the Championship and has been instrumental in our success over the last five years." Guardian

Sky -Buzsaky hopes to avoid bench

Hungarian playmaker determined to play his part this season
By Juha Pal. Last Updated: September 20, 2011 2:09pm

Akos Buzsaky is delighted to be involved with an ambitious outfit like Queens Park Rangers, but admits he is hoping to be more than just a squad player.

The Hungarian playmaker has been at Loftus Road since 2008, making him a rarity in as much as he has survived the many ups and downs taken in by the club in recent years.

The 29-year-old admits he is honoured to still form part of the club's plans, as they attempt to consolidate back in the Premier League, but is keen to point out that he has his own targets.

Buzsaky has been selected in Neil Warnock's squad for the forthcoming campaign and insists he will do all he can to force his way out of the shadows and into the top flight spotlight.

"Last week the squad was narrowed down to the 25 players that can play during the season," Buzsaky told Nemzeti Sport.

"I should be happy that I was chosen and I could also say that it is an honour to sit on the bench of a Premier League club, but that is not enough for me.

"Our manager, Neil Warnock, knows he can rely on me at any time.

"I am the last member of the old QPR generation, but that is down to me. It was only me that decided I would stay here. I won't be forgotten about.

"I think it is not only talent but also persistence that you need if you want to be successful in football outside of Hungary.

"Our aim this season is to avoid relegation, but I think there is more calmness than stress in the dressing room. It's good to be here at the moment."

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