Karl Henry has signed a new one year deal - what's your initial reaction?
I’m pleased, first and foremost. He’s a very honest guy, on and off the pitch. From a media point of view, he’s very good to deal with, which is a bonus in my job!
He made 35 appearances last season in the Premier League - how impressed were you with his performances?
In a sinking ship, Karl was certainly one of the better players. He was probably in the top five performers last season. Obviously he’s never going to set the Premier League alight – and I’m sure he would admit that himself – but he gave a lot of midfielder’s a really hard time last season.
How important is it having someone of Karl’s experience around the club in the wake of its new philosophy?
Very important. Continuity is key to a certain extent. Players like him and Clint Hill will be the bedrock of the squad – both on and off the pitch. They will help the new players within the group settle into the squad, whilst at the same time having a major part to play themselves. Chris Ramsey will look to players like Karl and Clint to have a big say in the dressing room.
What strengths does Karl bring to the QPR midfield?
Hard work and the ability to put a foot in where necessary. He’s very industrious and is very effective in that holding midfield role. I think he proved a lot of people wrong last season. He’s a great character.
How impressed have you been with the business the club has done so far this summer and what are your expectations - as things stand - for the forthcoming season?
QPR have, impressively, kept to their word so far in terms of transfers. They said they would go back to basics in terms of their approach and so far they’ve signed players who are either making a step up, or playing at the level they’ve previously played at. I’ll admit I know little about the two ex-Swindon guys, Gladwin and Luongo, but I think Mackie is an inspired signing. He’s ready-made for next season – a smart move by the club.
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