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Cousins: This season is a fresh start for me

QPR midfielder Jordan Cousins believes the upcoming campaign will present him with a chance to re-start his Queens Park Rangers career.

The 24-year-old has made 33 league appearances since his transfer from Charlton Athletic two years ago, with injury often restricting him to the sidelines.

Cousins, who has featured in both of QPR’s pre-season friendlies this season, now wants to hold down a regular place in the R’s midfield.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk he gave his thoughts on what he hopes to achieve ahead of the new season.

“I do in a way (feel like it’s a fresh start), last season did not go the best for me personally. I would like to have played more games but I just keep my head down, keep focusing and keep working hard,” he said.

“I’m feeling good and fresh, I worked a lot in the close season to make sure I came back in the best condition I could and for me it’s just about making sure I keep myself nice and fit, and that will allow me to have a good season.”

The former England youth international is enjoying working under Steve McClaren, a manager he feels he can thrive under.

“It’s been good getting to know the gaffer’s ideas," Cousins added. "He wants to see us being tight at the back and wants to see attacking attractive play.

“His way of playing suits me down to a tee, it’s something that I have been used to throughout my career and I think it will help all the players in the team. 

“We’ve had one-on-one meetings with the manager, we’ve had team meetings and everyone knows their jobs and the manager always reminds us that if you don’t understand anything his door is always open.

"As players, there’s no excuse not to know what the manager expects of us."

Ahead of Friday evening's trip to Staines Town before visiting AFC Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon, Cousins added: “We’ve still got a lot to learn and there’s still a lot of sharpness to come from the boys, but I think we just need to keep applying ourselves on the pitch and the rest will come."