Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand excited by appointment of recruitment consultant Gary Penrice

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 May 2017

QPR's Gary Penrice (top) is congratulated after scoring against Manchester City in the Premier League in 1994 (pic PA)

QPR's Gary Penrice (top) is congratulated after scoring against Manchester City in the Premier League in 1994 (pic PA)

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Former Rs striker to return to the club this summer to assist boss Ian Holloway in transfer dealings

Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand is confident new recruitment consultant Gary Penrice can hit the ground running.

Penrice is returning to Loftus Road, having spent four years as a team mate of Ferdinand and Rs boss Ian Holloway in the 1990s.

The 53-year-old has previously worked in a similar capacity at Everton, Stoke City and Leicester City, and Ferdinand revealed Penrice was only too pleased to return to his former club.

“We are delighted Gary has joined us and he’s been getting stuck into his work straight away,” Ferdinand told the club website.

“He has an affection for the club and is excited about helping us build something here. It’s a challenge, but he understands it.”

“Gary has got great experience having working in this area since he retired from football almost 20 years ago.

Ferdinand continued: “I have been trying to get him in for the past couple of years and I thought I had him at the start of this season. He came to one of our early games, and he liked and understood what we were doing and looking to do.

“But Ollie coming in as manager helped us get Gary across the line because he knows him well.

“From Gary’s point of view, he wanted to know the manager’s viewpoint a bit better, so this worked perfectly for all parties.”

Penrice is not the only incoming at Loftus Road this summer, with QPR having confirmed the signing of teenage midfielder Charlie Owens last week.

The 19-year-old joined Rs from Premier League runners-up Tottenham Hotspur on an initial one-year deal.

Having been released by Spurs, Owens impressed during a trial with the west Londoners at the end of last season, with a deal until next summer his reward.

QPR have also confirmed plans to host a benefit match for club legend Stan Bowles against Premier League outfit Bournemouth on July 29.

Bowles is currently battling Alzheimer’s, but will be in attendance for the clash, which kicks off at 3pm.

Tickets for the match go on sale at 10am on June 12, with net proceeds from all ticket sales will go towards a newly-launched ex-players’ foundation.

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