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Clint Hill praises “brilliant early business”

CLINT Hill has labelled the arrivals of Liam Kelly and Lee Wallace as “brilliant early business” by the club as Mark Warburton builds his squad for the 2019/20 Championship campaign.

Hill, who made more than 180 appearances for QPR between 2010 and 2016, worked with Kelly and Wallace during his 12 months at Glasgow Rangers in 2016/17.

Goalkeeper Kelly signed a four-year deal from Livingston on Friday, while defender Wallace joined on a two-year contract the same day.

“When you look at the arrivals of Lee and Liam, it represents brilliant early business by the club,” Hill told www.qpr.co.uk.

Wallace spent eight years at Ibrox as a left back, and Hill explained: “It’s a good move for both parties.

“Lee is a great leader and influence in the dressing room and I saw that first hand. He has been through the good and bad times at Rangers and that shows the type of character he is.

“I know what the pressure is like to perform at that club and he knows it far more than me. He can handle that which says a lot about his capabilities because he knows what it takes to play football under pressure which is a big asset to have.”

Hill was a hugely popular player amongst the QPR fanbase and he believes those same supporters will like what they see from Wallace, adding: “I think they are really going to take to Lee because he will always give the shirt 100%, he will bomb forward when he can and be the first to track back.

“I know QPR fans love their maverick number 10s, but they also like players that play with their heart, and Lee is certainly one of those.

“He will give you everything he has.”

While Hill didn’t play with Kelly at Rangers – the youngster was on loan at Livi – he does believe he has the credentials to do well for Warburton.

“Liam is a hell of a character, a funny guy and a very good goalkeeper,” Hill said.

“Over the last 12 months he has proven himself to be one of the best keepers in Scotland so it’s a great signing.”

It was now-QPR boss Warburton who took Hill to Ibrox following his departure from west London, and Hill is looking forward to seeing how his old boss gets on at his former club.

“He is a good, solid appointment,” said Hill.

“He got Brentford playing good football and won promotion with Rangers so I really hope he can help QPR to kick on now.

“What I can tell the QPR fans is that he will get the team playing a lot of football, he likes to be attacking and play through the thirds so I am really looking forward to seeing how things go next season.

“I think his arrival is a good fit all round.”

As for his own career, Hill is enjoying life as a coach at Fleetwood Town where he is part of ex-QPR team-mate Joey Barton’s backroom team.

In their first season at the club, they finished 11th in League One.

“I’m getting greyer and getting fatter!” Hill joked, “but I am really enjoying it.

“Coaching was always a natural progression for me. We made a good solid start this season and our aim now is to push on.

“If we can get the recruitment right, hopefully we will do well but we know everyone in the division will be feeling the same.”

Lee is a great leader and influence in the dressing room.

Clint Hill
Warburton made Wallace his captain during his time in Scotland