Everything Fitz together this time
PUBLISHED: 12:18 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky IT S no reflection on Fitz Hall s ability that he tends to turn up in teams who are struggling lower down the league. Hall has already been involved in relegation battles with four different clubs - but he is convinced that things will be dif
By Ben Kosky
IT'S no reflection on Fitz Hall's ability that he tends to turn up in teams who are struggling lower down the league.
Hall has already been involved in relegation battles with four different clubs - but he is convinced that things will be different with QPR.
At first glance, the tall defender's January move to Loftus Road from Wigan might have looked like more of the same as Rangers floundered just above the Championship drop zone.
Not according to Hall, though, who last featured in this division as a Crystal Palace player two years ago and has also played for Barnet, Oldham and Southampton.
"The last time I was in this division, Reading pulled away and won it convincingly, but it hasn't worked out like that this year and the league is much tighter," said Hall.
"I'm not sure if that means it's harder, but this season everyone seems to be beating everyone and the picture changes from week to week.
"I don't mean this in a bad way towards any of my old clubs, but this is probably the only club I've been at that has got a bright, bright future. I think the only way is forward.
"I'm happy to be part of QPR. I was at a Premier League team but not playing, so it wasn't a hard choice to make - having Premier League status on your name is not why you stay at a club."
Hall could probably be forgiven for doing exactly that - he was rejected by West Ham as a teenager and, after being part of the Barnet squad that temporarily lost league status in 2001, drifted into non-league football with Chesham United.
Chesham were managed by Bob Dowie, who recommended Hall to his brother Iain, then in charge at Oldham - and the three were later reunited at the top level with Crystal Palace.
"I hope no professional takes things for granted, but I think it has helped me that I broke through when I was 21 and had a bit of catching up to do," Hall admitted.
"Basically without Iain and Bob Dowie I wouldn't be at QPR now - Iain took me from non-league football and if he hadn't I'd probably still be in non-league. I owe a lot to both of them."
Despite being a late starter, Hall, at 27, is the most experienced member of a new-look QPR defence that includes England under-21 duo Michael Mancienne and Matthew Connolly.
And it was perhaps no coincidence that, after a run of three consecutive clean sheets, Rangers conceded twice at Sheffield Wednesday when Hall was sidelined by a groin strain.
But he insisted: "We pretty much share the responsibility between us. The other defenders we've got are good players and they've all played at this level before.
"We all get on well - even the boys who aren't playing at the moment, like Zesh [Rehman] and Barks [Chris Barker]. Any one of them can fit into the side and do a job well.