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Andre Gray joins QPR on loan

ANDRE Gray has joined QPR on loan from Watford.

The 30-year-old striker will stay with the R’s for the 2021/22 campaign.

Gray played under QPR boss Mark Warburton at Brentford in 2014/15 and scored 17 league goals as they reached the Championship playoffs. The following season, Gray netted 23 times to fire Burnley to the Premier League and he was also part of Watford’s promotion success last term.

Gray, who has made more than 100 Premier League appearances across four seasons, is now looking forward to teaming up with Warburton again and playing for the R’s.

“I am really excited,” he said. “Obviously the manager had a massive part to play in it having worked with him before.

“I wanted to go somewhere where I can try to get back to my best and I felt this was the best option. It was an easy decision.

“I love playing in the Championship, I love the Tuesday night games. I was in a position where I could have gone abroad and had a nice lifestyle and enjoyed the sun, but that’s not what I wanted to do.”

Gray says he is a big fan of Warburton’s management style, explaining: “I like the way he coaches and the way he manages players. I might be 30 now but I am still willing to learn and I think he has still got a lot to give to me in terms of that.”

In terms of his own targets for 2021/22, Gray is clear.

“I want to come in and score goals,” he said. “I want to bring that to the team but I have changed as I have got older – it’s more about the team now.”

Warburton added: “I am absolutely delighted we have been able to bring Andre in.

“I know him very well, he is a very good character around the place and he will fit in very well to the group.

“He has pace and power, he knows the division, he has a fantastic work ethic, an eye for goal and is a real athlete.

“I also think Andre has a point to prove and I very much hope he does that here with us.”

The loan signing of Gray is QPR’s tenth arrival of the summer transfer window following the captures of Jordan Archer, Jordy De Wijs, Jimmy Dunne, Moses Odubajo, Sam McCallum, Sam Field, Stefan Johansen, Andre Dozzell and Charlie Austin – and Warburton says it has been a solid period of recruitment.

“Andre’s arrival is a statement of intent and concludes a very good window for the club,” said the QPR boss.

I wanted to go somewhere where I can try to get back to my best.

Andre Gray
Gray is reunited with R's boss Mark Warburton following their time together at Brentford