QUEENS Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Kevin Cruickshank as Scouting Coordinator.
Cruickshank initially worked under QPR manager Mark Hughes at Blackburn and spent four-and-a-half years at Ewood Park before leaving in the summer.
Despite having an opportunity to join another Premier League side, Cruickshank has opted for the challenge presented to him by R’s Technical Director Mike Rigg.
“Mike is an infectious guy and when he told me about the plans for the club, it was something I wanted to be involved in,” Cruickshank told www.qpr.co.uk
“I got a phonecall out of the blue from him, asking what my situation was. I had actually been approached by another Premier League club but once I met up with Mike and he explained the plans for QPR, it was a role I really wanted to get my teeth into.
“Tony Fernandes has got great vision for the future here and you can tell he is a very passionate man. It’s an exciting time to be here.”
Cruickshank will head up the scouting operation at Loftus Road, and he admitted: “It’s a blank canvas here. There are six existing scouts but apart from that, there’s nothing.
“We are putting a whole new structure in place here now with regards to European and worldwide travel as we look to expand the network and build a database of players that we want to bring into the football club.
“These days you probably scout more to discover less because there are so many scouts around now and the networks are so vast.
“We must make sure we work hard to stay one step ahead of the rest. We want to discover potential players earlier than anyone else.
“We have to look globally. We all know about players in certain parts of south America such as Brazil and Argentina, but what about other countries within that area? And the quality in Asia is undoubtedly improving too. We have got to stay on top of everything. We must be aware of these growing markets.”
With the summer transfer window drawing to a close, Cruickshank admits player acquisition is at the forefront of his thinking, but it seems this will always be the case.
“At this time of year, that’s obviously the most important thing,” he added. “We have got just under two weeks left now of the transfer window.
“But as soon as that closes, we are already scouting with the January window in mind. Plus we are thinking ahead to the following summer, and the January window after that. It’s an on-going process.
“We have got to be that prepared.”