- Paul Konchesky signs season-long loan deal at Loftus Road
- Defender moves from Leicester City
- 34 year-old in line to make debut against former club Charlton Athletic on Saturday
QPR have bolstered their defensive options with the loan signing of Paul Konchesky.
The experienced left-back, who has made 550-plus appearances in the top two tiers during his career to date, has penned a season-long loan deal from Leicester City.
The 34 year-old could be in line to make his debut against Charlton Athletic – the club where his professional career began in 1997 and for whom he made more than 150 appearances in all competitions – in the R’s Sky Bet Championship season-opener on Saturday.
Head Coach, Chris Ramsey, expressed his delight at welcoming the former Liverpool and Fulham defender to Loftus Road, commenting: “I’m really pleased we’ve managed to get Paul in ahead of Saturday.
“Left-back is an area we’re light on in terms of numbers at the moment owing to a couple of injuries, so Paul will come in and compete for the shirt immediately.
“He’s got years of experience playing in both the Premier League and the Championship and he’ll come in and add that knowledge and know-how, as well as his undoubted defensive qualities, to the group.”
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Konchesky, who will wear the number 15 shirt, told www.qpr.co.uk he is relishing the challenge ahead, commenting: “I just want to play football – so when QPR came in for me it was a fantastic opportunity.
“I know what QPR as a club are all about having played here over the years – the fans demand 100 per-cent and that’s what I give every time I step on to the pitch.
“I can’t wait to get going and help this club bounce back from last season’s relegation.”
R’s Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, added: “Paul is a proven performer, year on year, with a wealth of experience.
“He’s always been a physically fit player – his stats back that up – and the fact he played 29 times for Leicester last season shows he’s very much up for the challenge that lies in wait this season.
“We’re delighted to welcome him into the squad at a time when Yun (Suk-Young) and Armand (Traore) are both sidelined through injury. He’ll add great competition to our defensive options.”
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