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Monday 18 June 2012

QPR swoop for Johnson and Nelsen

Experienced duo agree to move to Loftus Road on free transfers

  • Andrew Johnson has scored 51 Premier League goals and has eight England caps

  • Former Blackburn Rovers stalwart Ryan Nelsen signed for Tottenham Hotspur in January

Queens Park Rangers have agreed deals to sign defender Ryan Nelsen and striker Andrew Johnson on free transfers.

Ex-Blackburn Rovers and Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Nelsen, 34, will join the club on a one-year deal, while former Fulham front man Johnson has signed up for two years.

The experienced pair have both previously played under Hoops manager Mark Hughes and they were excited to be reunited with their former boss.

"Mark was brilliant when I was at Fulham. I'd just come off the back of a rough spell with a knee injury and he guided and helped me through that period. He was great to player under," Johnson told QPR’s website.

"This is a big, big club and I've spoken to the chairman and Mark, who both have great ambition for QPR, and it's something that I wanted to be a part of."

"Ryan has got great experience in the Premier League and that is something our squad is lacking"
- Mark Hughes

Nelsen was originally brought to the Barclays Premier League by Hughes in 2005 when the Welshman was manager of Blackburn Rovers.

"I have obviously got a lot of history with the manager and that was a massive draw for me," said Nelsen, who will captain New Zealand at the London 2012 Olympics.

"I like his winning attitude. He and all his staff just have an absolute desire to win, and that's what the Premier League is all about."

Hughes was delighted to secure the services of Nelsen, who played the second half of last season at Tottenham Hotspur, for a second time.

"Ryan has got great experience in the Premier League and that is something our squad is lacking a little bit at present," he said.

"He hasn't played a lot of football in the past year or so but he is fit and raring to go."

The R's begin their Barclays Premier League season at home to Swansea City on August 18th.

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Key Points

  • QPR sign Ryan Nelsen and Andy Johnson
  • Nelsen agrees initial one-year deal after leaving Tottenham
  • Johnson signs two-year contract after four years at Fulham