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Hill & Faurlin to leave QPR

LONG-serving QPR duo Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin will leave the club this summer.

LONG-serving QPR duo Clint Hill and Alejandro Faurlin will leave the club this summer.

The pair, who both featured in our final Sky Bet Championship fixture of the season against Bristol City on Saturday, will depart Loftus Road when their contracts expire at the end of June.

In addition, the club can confirm a further five first team players are set to leave QPR.

Robert Green, Armand Traore, Yun Suk-Young, Samba Diakite and Oscar Gobern will all depart when their contracts expire on June 30th.

Loanees Paul Konchesky and Gabriele Angella have both returned to their parent clubs.

The club would like to thank all the players for their contribution to QPR and wish them every success in the future.

Meanwhile, Karl Henry and Junior Hoilett are in discussions with the club about extending their stay in W12.

CLINT HILL

Affectionately known as ‘Mr QPR,’ Clint Hill arrived from Crystal Palace in the summer of 2010. With Neil Warnock at the helm, some eyebrows were raised when the left-back joined from Selhurst Park, but having managed him at Palace, Warnock knew what he was getting – a fierce competitor and natural leader, two vital ingredients for any side with aspirations of being successful in the Championship.

Hill made 44 league appearances as Rangers stormed to promotion glory, and for many was the captain without the armband.

The following year, Hill showed he wasn’t just a solid Championship defender – he was a reliable Premier League one as well, as he helped Rangers successfully fight relegation and remain in the top flight.

After dropping down to the Championship the following season, in 2013/14 Hill captained the club to more promotion glory, this time through the play-offs. 

‘Mr QPR’ lifting the trophy at Wembley will forever be one of the iconic images of our club’s history.

ALEJANDRO FAURLIN

Where do we start with the impact Alejandro Faurlin has had on this club during his seven years at Loftus Road?

Faurlin joined QPR in the summer of 2009 from Instituto in Argentina. His creative style of play and keen eye for a defence-splitting pass quickly made him a popular man amongst the supporters. 

In 2010/11, his second season with the club, Faurlin built a fantastic understanding with Adel Taarabt as Rangers stormed to Championship glory, and in doing so end a 15-year exile from the Premier League for QPR.

But that season wasn’t without its challenges as QPR were investigated regarding a third-party ownership issue over Faurlin’s initial arrival.

The fans rallied around Faurlin during that period, and the whole affair only served to increase the supporters’ affections towards the midfielder.

In 2011/12, Faurlin was starting to underline his abilities as a player as he more than held his own in the Premier League before he was hit by an incredible three ACL injuries in as many years.

Faurlin’s attitude throughout really endeared him to the R’s faithful and his successful return this season was a delight for all QPR supporters. He leaves Loftus Road with his head held high and as a firm favourite.

ROBERT GREEN

Robert Green joined Rangers in the summer of 2012 and played a pivotal role in the R’s return to the Premier League the following season. The England goalkeeper set a club record with eight consecutive clean sheets in October 2013 and his role in our promotion-winning campaign cannot be underestimated – not least his man-of-the-match performance in the Play-Off Final at Wembley. Despite only lasting one season back in the top flight, Green’s displays between the sticks were one of the few highlights; form which earned him a recall to the Three Lions squad. In total, the 36 year-old made over 120 appearances during his four-year stay in W12.

ARMAND TRAORE

Armand Traore leaves Loftus Road after five years with the club. The left-sided player played a crucial role in our incredible final-day survival at Manchester City in 2011/12, as well as playing his part in our Play-Off Final win at Wembley two years later. The Frenchman departs Loftus Road having made 87 league appearances, scoring two goals.

SAMBA DIAKITE

Samba Diakite arrived from French outfit Nancy in January 2012 initially on loan – a move which was soon made permanent after helping Rangers avoid relegation from the Premier League. Diakite made 14 appearances that season but featured just once the following term and didn’t feature at all in 2014/15.

YUN SUK-YOUNG

South Korean international Yun Suk-Young joined on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2013. After a brief loan spell at Doncaster Rovers, the left-back returned to help Rangers win promotion via the Play-Offs. Yun featured 23 times in the Premier League during the 2014/15 campaign but just three times in 2015/16, spending the second half of the season on loan at Charlton Athletic. 

OSCAR GOBERN

Oscar Gobern joined QPR on a 12-month deal in August 2015. The midfielder arrived from Huddersfield Town after impressing in pre-season but made just two League Cup appearances before a brief loan spell at Doncaster Rovers.