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NEDUM Onuoha has been named QPR captain.
The 28 year-old, whose next competitive appearance in a Rangers shirt will be his 100th in all competitions for the club, has been handed the armband by Chris Ramsey for the 2015/16 campaign.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Onuoha expressed his delight – and surprise – at being handed the role and admits he is relishing the opportunity to lead the R’s, commenting: “It’s a real honour and a privilege.
“Was it a surprise? Yes it was.
“I think it was Pele that said that he never wanted to be captain, but he wanted to be a leader on the pitch. I’ve always tried to be that person, but to have the official title now feels great.
“I’m very close to all the players and can pretty much speak to anyone.
“I’m not a youngster anymore and I’ve been here three years, so I know the club and the way things work here.
“I’m really pleased and relishing the challenge that the role will bring.”
Ramsey believes Onuoha’s professionalism and leadership skills, combined with his defensive qualities, make him the ideal candidate for the role.
“I’ve been so impressed with Nedum in my short time here and I firmly believe he is the right man to lead us next season,” he said.
“He’s a leader on and off the pitch and a great ambassador for this club in terms of the way he goes about his business.
“His professionalism is second to none and combined with what he brings to us on the pitch, he is real captain’s material.
“Clint (Hill) will continue as club captain and in him and Nedum, we’ve two men who have the full respect of their team-mates and supporters, and are a huge part of the QPR family.”
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