Sunday 18 February 2018

QPR boss Mark Hughes signs old pal Hoilett on four-year deal

Josh Reich

QUEENS Park Rangers have signed out-of-contract forward Junior Hoilett on a four-year deal.

The 22-year-old Canadian opted not to sign a new contract at Blackburn Rovers after their relegation from the Premier League last season.

He becomes the seventh player to join the Loftus Road club during the summer, linking up again with manager Mark Hughes whom he worked under at Blackburn.

Hughes told the Premier League club's official website he was delighted Hoilett, who scored seven goals last season, had decided to join the club.

"He's shown he's a player of top quality and a player that can make things happen, both on his own as a team player,” he said. "He's certainly a player that will enhance what we're got in the group and I am delighted he's chosen to come to us.

"Junior is a player I know very well. He was just a young boy trying to make his way in the game when I had him at Blackburn," Hughes said.

"It was difficult for him then because of work permit issues, but I had him training with the first team very early on because his talent was there for all to see.

"We knew then he was going to have a great future and he's showed that talent over the last few seasons at Ewood Park. He's a player that will enhance what we've got in the group and I'm delighted he's chosen to come to us."

Hoilett said having the opportunity to work with Hughes again was a factor in his decision.

"The manager and the owners have huge ambitions to achieve things here and this is the perfect place for me to further my career. The manager obviously played a big part in my decision to come here. He's someone I know well here having worked with him and his backroom team at Blackburn. I signed my first professional contract under him and I will always remember that and be grateful to him."

Hoilett joined recent arrivals Rob Green, Ryan Nelsen, Fabio Da Silva, Park Ji-sung, Samba Diakite and Andy Johnson.

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