Clint targets the big time
NEW QPR signing Clint Hill believes manager Neil Warnock is the perfect man to finally lead Rangers back to the Premier League. Hill became the second Crystal Palace player to join the Rs this summer when he signed a two-year deal on a free transfer last
NEW QPR signing Clint Hill believes manager Neil Warnock is the perfect man to finally lead Rangers back to the Premier League.
Hill became the second Crystal Palace player to join the Rs this summer when he signed a two-year deal on a free transfer last Thursday, following in the footsteps of Shaun Derry as Warnock continues to raid his old club.
The 31-year-old left-back admits the temptation to play under his old manager again was enough to lure him to Loftus Road, and he is convinced that with Warnock at the helm, the Hoops can end their 14-year exile from England's top flight.
"Neil played a massive role in my decision to move to QPR - he's such an infectious character," said Hill, who was a firm favourite at Selhurst Park.
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"He was probably the only manager who could tempt me to stay in the south. I'm expecting big things next season. The top six has to be the aim. I'm confident we'll be there or thereabouts.
"I think it's about time the club pushed on - a club like QPR should be aiming for the Premier League.
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"There's a first-class set-up here in terms of the infrastructure and it's up to the players to push on to the next level now."
Warnock believes that Hill, the fifth player to join Rangers this summer, will add welcome physical and mental strength to a Hoops squad which at times last season appeared bereft of drive and leadership, particularly away from home.
Hill also adds a versatility which allows him to play either at left-back or at centre-back, adding defensive cover which QPR lacked last term.
Hill narrowly missed out on Premier League football under Warnock in 2008, when Palace lost to Bristol City in the Championship play-off semi-finals.
He now has a second chance and, with pre-season fast approaching, he is warning his team-mates what to expect as Rangers gear up for a crack at the play-offs.
"It's totally different to any other pre-season campaign I've ever had," he said. Neil's got his own methods and it will be completely different for some of the lads in the squad.
"Me and Dezza (Shaun Derry) might have a bit of an advantage in that we kind of know what's coming, but it will be a huge shock to the system for most.