QPR star admits he could leave in January
Hill may consider his options if contract talks are not wrapped up in the next few weeks
Clint Hill admits he could consider leaving QPR next month if negotiations over his contract extension are not wrapped up as quickly as possible.
Hill’s current deal expires next summer, and the 33-year-old defender, who signed from Crystal Palace 18 months ago, is keen to extend his stay at Loftus Road.
But with first-choice left-back Armand Traore set to depart to the Africa Cup of Nations in January Neil Warnock plans to bring in defensive reinforcements, and Hill admits he may be forced to seek a move away from the club.
“I’m waiting to see what they do, if they want to keep me then great because I would love to stay,” said Hill, who has forced his way back into Warnock’s plans after spending the early weeks of the season on loan with Nottingham Forest.
“But I need to find out as soon as possible if I’m going to get the extra contract or not because January’s almost here.
“You have to assess it. I’m not getting any younger and I’m not in the team. I need to be playing at my age but if they offer me a contract, brilliant.
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“I feel I’ve done okay, but it’s up to others to decide if I’ve deserved a contract or not.”
While Hill concedes his opportunities for first-team football have been limited this season, he is determined to stay and help the club in their fight to avoid relegation.
Rangers host Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, and the veteran defender says they will have to improve on their performance against Liverpool last weekend if they are to take anything from the champions.
“Our first objective for the season is survival, if we can finish fourth from bottom that will be a good season for us,” added Hill.
“We know we can play better. We didn’t keep the ball as well as we could [against Liverpool] and we didn’t create enough chances.
“We don’t fear anyone – we’re enjoying being in this league. We’re still naive in the sense that we’re a young team in the Premier League. We will make mistakes and get punished for them. But at home we feel confident we can give anyone a game.
“There are no easy games and a point here and there adds up. We need to score more goals and keep them out, they’re the simple ingredients.
“If you get to 40 points and go down that’s very unlucky. Hopefully we’ll get to that mark and when we do hopefully we’ll get a few more points. It’s going to be a long, hard season but hopefully we can do it.”
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