QPR’S Grant Hall admits it’s been a hair-raising pre-season so far for the R’s players – and he’s not just talking about his new blonde look!
Hall returned to pre-season training a week ago with a new blonde hairstyle and whilst it’s caused a bit of a stir amongst his team-mates, he insists it was just a bit of fun and he’ll be returning to his normal look ahead of the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
“I just fancied a change to be honest!” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I was bored over the summer, so I thought why not?
“I’ll probably start to lose my hair in a few years anyway, so I might as well experiment a bit why I’ve still go it!
“It’ll be changed back to normal in the next couple of weeks, that’s for sure - it’s just a summer thing!”
Rangers are nearing the end of their pre-season training camp in Portugal, with two more days to go before the squad return to London and Hall admits it’s been a tough yet rewarding period for the squad.
“It’s been hair-raising, I’ll give you that!” he quipped.
“The hill run is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my time as a professional footballer.
“Physically and mentally that was really tough for the boys but we got through it together and that sense of unity and the bond that exists within the group came shining through.
“The togetherness we’ve got in the group is blossoming by the day and drills like that, when you’re dragging each other over the line are really beneficial for our physical condition, as well as from a team spirit perspective.”
Indeed, the spirit within the camp is growing stronger by the day, as Hall acknowledged.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads here,” he said.
“The younger boys that have come into the squad have all settled in well and the experienced lads, like Nedum - who is great at making sure we’re all in it together - have helped ensure that we’re a really tight-knit group.
“I’m tired, the body is tired, but I’m getting through it, as are the rest of the lads.
“We’ve got a few more tough days out here before we head back to London, but this is where you’ll really reap the benefits when the football starts again.”
Rangers play a few behind-closed-doors games in the coming weeks, and Hall and his team-mates are relishing get back out on the pitch.
“We can’t wait for the games to be honest - whether we get 45 minutes or an hour in the first few matches,” he said.
“You just want to be out there again, get the rustiness out of the legs, and get a feel for the ball at your feet. That’s what it’s all gearing up towards.”
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But where will Hall be featuring for the R’s next season?
Having excelled in a defensive midfield role for a large chunk of the season last term, is he set for an extended spell in the middle of the park next term?
“I don’t know myself at this stage,” he said.
“I’ve spoken to the gaffer and he says he’s still not sure whether it’ll be as a defender or in that holding midfield role.
“I’m happy to do a job for the team wherever I play.
“As long as I’m in the team and playing - and we’re winning matches - that’s all that matters to me.”
Hall missed the last five matches of the 2016/17 season owing to a knee problem, but that injury is very much in the past now and he’s looking to really hit the ground running in the coming weeks.
“Last season was a frustrating one, especially towards the end of the campaign,” he said.
“The injury was frustrating for me, and sitting watching on the sidelines as we were going through a bad run wasn’t nice.
“But we got through it, thankfully my knee is feeling really good after a lot of rehab in the summer and we’re all really looking forward to the start of the season now.”