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Barbet loving life with the R's in Austria

HE says it’s his toughest pre-season yet, but Yoann Barbet is enjoying every moment as a QPR player.

After making the move from neighbours Brentford, the French defender quickly adjusted to life across west London before jetting out with his new team-mates to Vienna for the week.

Reflecting on life so far with Rangers, he told www.qpr.co.uk: “I’ve really enjoyed it. The lads have been great so it was really easy to settle in.

“Pre-season is always tough – for me it’s been even harder than I’ve been used to in the past. But it’s good, I’m getting fitter, everyone’s getting fitter and that’s what we need if we want to have a good pre-season.

“It’s a really important part; it’s hard work but we enjoy doing it together.”

One of eight arrivals already this summer, Barbet is relishing the chance to get to know his fellow R’s in Austria.

And after overcoming the dreaded initiation sing-song on Sunday night, he’s feeling even more at home.

“Everyone has sung now so we can relax a bit!” he joked.

“When you are the only one [signing] it can be difficult sometimes, but with there being so many new signings it’s been easier as we’ve all naturally spent time together as well as getting to know the rest of the squad.

“You need to know everyone on and off the pitch; that’s why we come away on camps like this and live together for a week.

“The atmosphere in the camp is really positive and we’re all looking forward to the season.”

There’s plenty more work to come for Barbet and co this week before Mark Warburton’s men conclude the trip with a match against Austria Vienna on Friday night.

The friendly will be the R’s second of the summer so far after last week’s behind-closed-doors training game with Gillingham.

“Pre-season is good but we play football to play games,” Barbet said.

“We’ve had one already and we have another on Friday which we’re looking forward to and should set us up well for the rest of pre-season back in England.”

Pre-season is always tough – for me it’s been even harder than I’ve been used to in the past.

Yoann Barbet