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Geoff Cameron named QPR captain

GEOFF Cameron has been named QPR captain by manager Mark Warburton on the eve of the 2020/21 Sky Bet Championship season.

The 35-year-old takes over from Yoann Barbet who skippered the side in the absence of Grant Hall last season.

Warburton said: “Geoff is a very experienced player, he has played internationally and of course in the Premier League.

“He understands the Championship and has an important role to play with the knowledge he has to pass on.

“He is relishing the responsibility. He has returned for pre-season fit and strong, and is the right man to lead us. I am sure the young lads will respond to him.

“I spoke with Yoann. He is such a top professional and an important player for the club. He is excited about the start of the season and this will let him concentrate on being a top centre-half for us.”

Cameron, who signed for the R’s two years ago from Stoke City, said: “It’s a real honour to represent the club and to represent the team, following in the footsteps of Hally (Grant Hall) and Yoann from last season.

“It’s an important role that you have to take seriously. There is a lot more to it than tossing the coin on a matchday. You need to lead by example, on and off the pitch.

“Professionalism is so important. You need to make sure you have the right culture and environment for people to train in so they can play at their best.

“I want to use my experience to influence that, and to help the younger lads in a positive way.

“There are a lot of other experienced players in the group who will have big influences too.”

Cameron, who spent six years in the Premier League with the Potters, is keen to do his best to ensure the QPR dressing room is a positive one, and added: “What we all have to do this season is make sure our standards are high.

“We will win games and we will lose games, but our standards and professionalism should always be right up there.”

As he gets himself ready for the new league campaign, Cameron added: “I don’t want to let anyone down. I will do everything I can to help the gaffer, help the team and help the club to progress.”

The R’s host Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

It’s an important role that you have to take seriously.

Geoff Cameron