QPR defender Jake Bidwell believes that he and the senior members of the squad must take responsibility in nurturing the younger players, as QPR prepare for their first league game of the season against Preston on Saturday.
Bidwell is just 25-years-old but is one of QPR’s more experienced players in what is a young and developing side.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk the full-back has admitted that he sees it as his responsibility to help give the younger players the platform to flourish.
“I think Josh Scowen, Luke Freeman, myself and a few others are at that age where we aren’t the young players anymore and therefore we have to take responsibility,” confessed the former Brentford skipper.
“We need to realise that there will be mistakes with a young group but as long as people are trying to do the right things, which to be fair, everyone has for the six weeks of pre-season then you can live with that. We have to be ready to take responsibility and nurture them through the season.”
Bidwell was ever present last season and was one of QPR’s most consistent players but one thing he wants to see improved on is the R's away form.
“It’s a new year, the away form from last season stays there and this is a new chapter for us. This is an opportunity for us to maybe reverse that. There’s no reason why we can’t flip that on its head,” said Bidwell.
After suffering two defeats to Preston last year, Bidwell and his team-mates know the threat that Alex Neil’s side poses but sees the positives in playing the Lilywhites early on in the season.
“We know they’re a high energy team, they like to press high," he said. "They will want to go again after last year and try and get one step further into the playoffs so it will be a tough test.
“We’ve got to play them twice anyway so why not start there? It’s a nice opportunity to get the campaign off to a good start.”
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And Bidwell believes that the new style of football which Steve McClaren wants to play is one that can be attractive as well as effective.
“Pre-season has gone well for us results wise and we can take some momentum into the start of the season. The way we are playing is an enjoyable way to play when you get it right.
"Hopefully, the fans will enjoy it but importantly it’s an effective way of playing that will win us matches when we do it properly."