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Kenneth Paal joins QPR

KENNETH Paal has joined QPR on a three-year deal.

Paal arrives on a free transfer following the termination of his contract by mutual consent with Dutch side PEC Zwolle.

The 24-year-old left-back came through the youth system at PSV Eindhoven before joining the Blauwvingers, initially on loan, in 2018.

After four years in the Dutch top flight at MAC3PARK Stadion, Paal is now focused on a new chapter in his career with QPR.

“I am very excited and can’t wait to work with the group,” he said.

“I don’t know how it is to play outside of the Netherlands so I am looking forward to the competition, the stadiums and the big games.

“I am almost 25 and I feel my body is ready to play outside the Netherlands. I always said I wanted to do this.”

Paal has been on the radar of the club’s recruitment department for the past two years and his progress during that period has been closely monitored.

While R’s boss Michael Beale hasn’t previously worked with Paal, he is a player the gaffer is familiar with.

Beale first spotted the Dutchman when he was just 13, and he has kept an eye on his progress ever since.

“That is a big compliment to me and also a reason why I wanted to come to QPR,” Paal said.

“He followed me for a long time, he knows where I came from and my qualities, but also the things I have to improve.

“When I spoke to him I told him, ‘I want this and I will fight for you.”

Beale is delighted with his second capture of the transfer window, following on from the arrival of centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter on Friday.

“I am so happy that we have Kenneth at our club,” he said.

“He is a player that gives us lots of quality and versatility on the left side of the pitch. He comes with an excellent CV and, importantly, with a huge desire to play for our club and to push his career onwards.”

Beale first spotted Paal more than a decade ago in a youth tournament.

“I first saw him playing for a young PSV side at a tournament in Turkey,” said the R’s chief. “I was coaching a team including Jake Clarke-Salter and remember looking at the other teams to see who were the best talents.

“Kenneth was playing as a wide forward and immediately I liked his personality and his ability to carry the ball.

“He is a very versatile player who has played as a left back, left wingback and also as a number eight in midfield.”

While Paal has never played outside of his homeland, Beale is confident he will quickly adapt to life in England.

“The intensity of the Championship will be something we will prepare him for during pre-season,” Beale said.

“I have no doubts he will have a smooth transition.”

The transfer is subject to international clearance.

I am very excited and can’t wait to work with the group.

Kenneth Paal
Kenneth Paal has joined QPR, agreeing a three-year deal