Wednesday 25 June 2014
Defender Clint Hill says that he is 'excited' at the prospect of playing in the Barclays Premier League again this season after signing a new one-year deal with Queens Park Rangers.
Hill, who captained the west Londoners back to the top-flight at the first attempt last season thanks to a 1-0 victory over Derby County in the Play-Off final, said that he was looking forward to prolonging his stay with the club he joined on a free contract from Crystal Palace four years ago.
"Maybe I'll need to take on a different role this season. The most important thing is the club and how that progresses"
"I was always hopeful that I'd get a new deal, so to get it sorted so soon is great," the 35-year-old centre-back told the club website. "I've enjoyed some great experiences at QPR over the last four years, I'm settled here, and I'm excited about being part of this club for another season."
Hill, who has made 53 Barclays Premier League appearances for the R's, accepts that competition for places will be fierce next season but is looking forward to continuing his role as one of the most influential players at the club.
"Every year I always think it will be tough to keep my place in the side, and this season I've brought myself round to thinking that I won't play as much and new players will come in," added the 2011/12 and 2012/13 Supporters' Player of the Year. "Maybe I'll need to take on a different role this season. The most important thing is the club and how that progresses. I want to take a keen interest in that."
"It's frightening to think I've played 150 games and been involved in some of the biggest ones of the club's history. I've surpassed everything I thought I’d ever achieve here and that’s why this club has gripped me so much."
Queens Park Rangers, who join the champions of the Championship, Leicester City, and Burnley in returning to the top-flight, were one of the founding members of the Barclays Premier League. The 2014/15 campaign will be their seventh in the competition.
Harry Redknapp's side begin their schedule of pre-season friendlies against German club Rot Weiss Erfurt on 22 July. For a full list of fixtures click here >>. QPR's 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign kicks off against Hull City on 16 August.
|QPR's six seasons in the Barclays Premier League|