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WHERE 'R' THEY NOW? GARY PENRICE

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09:00 3rd January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Ex-Rangers man now scouting for Premier League rivals...

THE below Where 'R' They Now? feature appeared first in the Hoops matchday programme against Fulham (15/12/12). 

What do you do for a living nowadays?
I work as a scout for Wigan Athletic. I enjoy my role as it is nice to be out and about at football matches, trying to find talented players for the future. I also do some scouting across Europe for a big agency. Before this, I was the European scout at Stoke City for three years. 

You were a good striker here at Rangers. Do you still keep an eye on events at Loftus Road?
Yes, of course I do – I follow all my old teams to see how they are doing. It was nice that QPR got back to the Premier League. That’s fantastic. When I was with the R’s as a player, we had a really good side and I remember some lovely times there. We ended up as top London club [in 1992/93], which seems amazing when you look at the modern game now. The club have got decent financial backing these days, so the prospects look bright at Loftus Road. 

You scored quite a few goals in a hooped shirt, didn’t you?
Yes and I had a few injuries as well! The nice thing for me was that QPR were towards the bottom of the table when I first joined and then I saw a resurgence of the whole club. I was just a very small part of that. Obviously, people like Les Ferdinand and Andy Sinton went on to play for England and there were a few other players who I thought were unlucky not to win full caps.

Do you feel Rangers can climb the Premier League table now?
QPR have tried to go from being a Championship-winning team to a top half Premier League team very quickly and that is not easy. I think it is extremely difficult when you bring in a lot of new players at the same time. But the R’s just need to string a few results together. Back-to-back wins in the Premier League can change the whole complexion of your season.

Where 'R' They Now? appears in Hoops matchday programme on sale around Loftus Road for just £3. Saturday’s FA Cup Third Round edition against West Bromwich Albion carries a Where 'R' They Now? piece with former R’s favourite John Hollins.

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