SAM Field is looking forward to a new challenge following his arrival from West Bromwich Albion.
The midfielder has joined QPR on loan until the end of the season, with the potential for the move to be made permanent in the summer.
The 22-year-old, who completed the switch shortly before 11pm on transfer deadline day, says he has made a conscious decision to push himself outside his comfort zone after being with the Baggies from the age of seven.
“Honestly, I am absolutely delighted,” he said.
“When the opportunity came up I snatched at it. I’m looking forward to a new beginning. Hopefully it can become permanent because I need a fresh start.
“You can become part of the furniture if you’re not careful. That’s no disrespect to West Brom because I have enjoyed my time with them and loved every minute, but for my own personal gain I feel I needed to go away and play games.
“I am pushing myself outside my comfort zone but that’s where you prove yourself. I want to come here and learn, I want to come here and improve.”
Field will be joining fellow-Baggie loanee Charlie Austin in the QPR dressing room, and he is looking forward to teaming up with him again.
“I once spent 20 minutes talking with Chaz about football and it changed my whole outlook. He probably doesn’t even realise that. It meant a lot to me and having him here can only help me.”
The final elements of Field’s transfer took place while Mark Warburton was busy guiding his QPR side to a valuable 2-1 win over Watford on Monday night, and the R’s chief was delighted to see the club were able to complete the move.
“I am very pleased we were able to get this across the line,” he said.
“The game was obviously going on so Les and his team were doing the work behind the scenes.
“Sam is a player with good technical ability, good physicality and good experience in both the Premier League and the Championship.
“He is a welcome addition who gives us that depth which we know we are going to need.”
Warburton’s passing style of play was in evidence during his side’s win at Vicarage Road, but it isn’t just technical ability which is needed to succeed in the Championship, and the QPR gaffer believes Field possesses those other vital ingredients too in his make up.
“Sam can play but you need to have that physicality and resilience too, which was demonstrated at Vicarage Road,” he said.
“You have to be able to stand up, be hard to beat and then when you have the ball be able to play.
“Sam has that. He has the technical ability, the desire to play and the physicality so he is a very welcome addition.”
The January transfer window closed with Rangers bringing in five players.
Charlie Austin, Jordy de Wijs, Stefan Johansen and Field have been added to the first-team ranks, while young goalkeeper Joe Walsh has been brought into the U23 fold.
“I am very pleased with the business,” said Warburton. “The club has made a statement of intent, adding players to the spine of the side, but in the signing of young Joe we are showing that commitment to build for the future too.”