Friday 27 July 2012

QPR secure deal for Hoilett

Mark Hughes makes former Blackburn Rovers midfielder his seventh summer signing

Junior Hoilett scored seven goals for Blackburn Rovers in 2011/12

Queens Park Rangers have signed former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Junior Hoilett.

The Canadian was a free agent after opting not to sign a new deal with Rovers following their relegation from the Barclays Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 season.

And the 22-year-old has now signed a four-year contract at Loftus Road.

"This is the perfect place for me to further my career"
- Junior Hoilett

Hoilett told QPR's website: "The ambition to take this club to the next level was something I really wanted to be part of.

"The manager and the owners have huge ambitions to achieve things here and this is the perfect place for me to further my career."

QPR boss Mark Hughes, who worked with Hoilett at Blackburn, said: "Junior is a player I know very well.

"He was just a young boy trying to make his way in the game when I had him at Blackburn. It was difficult for him then because of work permit issues, but I had him training with the first team very early on because his talent was there for all to see.

"We knew then he was going to have a great future and he's certainly showed that talent over the last few seasons at Ewood Park.

"He's shown he's a player of top quality and a player that can makes things happen, both on his own and as a team player."

Hughes influence

Hoilett added: "The manager obviously played a big part in my decision to come here. He's someone I know well here having worked with him and his backroom team at Blackburn.

"I signed my first professional contract under him and I will always remember that and be grateful to him."

Hoilett is QPR's seventh signing of the summer at Loftus Road, following the captures of Rob Green, Ryan Nelsen, Fabio Da Silva, Ji-Sung Park, Samba Diakite and Andrew Johnson.

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Key Points

  • Queens Park Rangers sign former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Junior Hoilett
  • Midfielder signs four-year deal at Loftus Road
  • Hoilett says Mark Hughes helped convince him to sign for Rangers