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Tuesday 19 June 2012

QPR defender Hill gets new deal

One-year contract extension at Loftus Road for 2011/12 player of the season

Last season was Clint Hill's first ever in the Barclays Premier League

Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill has signed a new one-year deal at Loftus Road.

The 33-year-old’s contract was due to expire this summer but he is now tied to the club until 2013, with the option of a further year.

Hill, who was voted Player of the Year by R's supporters last season, was delighted to stay at the club he joined in 2010.

"I'm absolutely buzzing. As soon as I found out that Mark Hughes wanted to keep me for at least another year, staying here was the only thing on my mind," Hill told QPR's website.

"New players are coming in and it's an exciting time for everyone connected to the club"
- Clint Hill

"It was a straightforward decision to stay. I love playing here and I love playing at Loftus Road. It's a great ground."

Hill was a free agent when he joined Rangers in 2010, having previously played for Crystal Palace, Stoke City and Tranmere Rovers.

He made 21 Barclays Premier League appearances last season – his first ever campaign playing in the top flight – and he is looking forward to more big matches at Loftus Road.

"I've seen the plans for the future and the new training ground it's an exciting time to be here. I'm really looking forward to the challenge," added Hill.

"Hopefully I can now try and get a few more games under my belt and next season will see us progress even further as a club."

QPR manager Mark Hughes is expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer, having already signed Ryan Nelsen and Andy Johnson, but Hill is willing to fight for his place.

"New players are coming in and it's an exciting time for everyone connected to the club. I just want to try and give the gaffer a headache," said the defender.

"I don't know what the starting eleven's going to be, but I'm willing to rise to the challenge again and make it hard for people to take that place off me."

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Key Points

  • Clint Hill signs one-year contract extension at QPR
  • Defender has option of a further year next summer
  • Hill vows to fight for place in Mark Hughes' side