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Karl Henry: The team spirit at QPR is better than ever

PUBLISHED: 16:15 13 April 2016 | UPDATED: 13:31 15 April 2016

Karl Henry has hailed the team spirit at QPR this season

Karl Henry has hailed the team spirit at QPR this season

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Karl Henry says the camaraderie within the current QPR squad is the best it has been during his time at the club.

There has been wide-known discontent within the Rangers camp in recent years, with the likes of Clint Hill and former Rs duo Joey Barton and Shaun Derry publicly expressing this.

However, the former Wolves man says there are no such concerns around Harlington this season.

Henry told the Times: “This is by far the best the team spirit has been during my spell here.

“Some people might find that strange as we haven’t really achieved anything, but it’s great having that nevertheless.

“If we can maintain that next season I believe we can really push on.”

The 33-year-old, who joined the Rs three years ago, has seen it all during his spell at Loftus Road.

In his first season Rangers secured promotion to the Premier League in the most dramatic of circumstances, beating Derby in the play-off final – but they were relegated the following year.

There has been much less drama this term – the Rs have been out of the promotion picture but also comfortably clear of the relegation fight, with the focus having to be on rebuilding and consolidation.

And despite that, Henry says it has been his most enjoyable time in blue and white hoops to date.

He added: “My best season on a personal level was last year in the Premier League, but we obviously got relegated so it’s difficult to say that was my most enjoyable.

“The last few months of this season I have really, really enjoyed. It’s a tough league but it’s really competitive and I love that element of it – I want to be a winner in everything I do in life.

“It’s tough coming down from the Premier League as it takes time to adjust to this league again, and we’ve seen that first-hand ourselves this season.

“It’s just a battle for 90 minutes every single game. Even playing in it for as long as I have done in my career, it took me a while to get back up to speed this season – it’s not easy.”

He continued: “The last few months have been great for everyone.

“We’ve begun to show what we are really capable of as a squad and I think I’ve started hitting the heights I did last year again. Hopefully I’ll be around to do the same next season.”

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