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Borrowed time... or a second chance?

PUBLISHED: 14:26 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:37 24 August 2010

Gary Borrowdale

Gary Borrowdale

By Ben Kosky FORGOTTEN man Gary Borrowdale is desperate to finally prove his worth after six months of finding the Loftus Road door slammed in his face. Borrowdale signed for QPR in a £700,000 move from Coventry midway through last season – only to find h

By Ben Kosky

FORGOTTEN man Gary Borrowdale is desperate to finally prove his worth after six months of finding the Loftus Road door slammed in his face.

Borrowdale signed for QPR in a £700,000 move from Coventry midway through last season - only to find himself unwanted by former Rs coach Paulo Sousa.

Shunted out on loan to Brighton, the left-back's Rangers career appeared over before it had even started - but now he is savouring the opportunity of a fresh start under new boss Jim Magilton.

"It was a strange one when I came here," Borrowdale told the Times. "I don't really know what happened, but I'm back now and I want to play for QPR and show the fans what I can do.

"I'm just trying to get my head down - having a new manager is a new chance for me to improve and it's up to me, the same as everyone else, to prove I'm good enough to get in that starting 11.

"When I went down to Brighton, the objective was to stay up, which we achieved, and it was a good experience. To be playing Saturday-Tuesday, which I hadn't done for about a year and a half, was really enjoyable.

"A new manager's always got different ideas - certain players might fit, others might not and that's how it always is. Some people like you and some won't think you're their type of player."

In fairness to 24-year-old Borrowdale, he was by no means the only unsolicited signing foisted onto a QPR boss by the board and sporting director Gianni Paladini last season.

Having never sought Borrowdale's signature, Sousa was reluctant to hand him a first-team opportunity, preferring to shift Matthew Connolly to left-back to cover for Damien Delaney.

Delaney's departure to Ipswich earlier this summer left Borrowdale as the only specialist left-back on the Rs' books, but the former Crystal Palace man certainly does not expect that to make him an automatic choice in the side.

He and Connolly have generally shared the role during Rangers' pre-season programme, while youngster Lee Brown has also been included in the squad at times.

"Connors played there at the end of last season and did well and I think Fitz [Hall] can go out there if it comes to it, so it's not as if I'm the only one who can play on the left," Borrowdale admitted.

"If anyone else plays there, I'll give them my support. The way we've been working in training, everyone knows the shape the manager wants to play so, if you're called on, you know exactly what's required of you.


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