LEE Wallace has joined QPR on a two-year deal following the expiry of his contract with Glasgow Rangers.
The 31-year-old defender, who spent the last eight years at Ibrox, is looking forward to a new start in west London under his former ‘Gers boss, Mark Warburton.
“I am delighted to be here and really looking forward to the challenge ahead,” Wallace said. “This is an exciting time to play for a top football club.
“The main thing that stands out about the manager here is the man he is, the quality of person. The impact he has made on me, both on and off the pitch, has been terrific and that made the decision to come here a lot easier.
“I know I am coming to a great club to work with a top man and a top manager.”
The move south represents Wallace’s first outside of Scotland, and he explained: “I just felt everything was right.
“I have had 15 seasons in Scotland and now is time for a fresh challenge and a very exciting challenge at that.”
As Wallace prepares for the English Championship, he says the physicality of the division is one he is relishing, adding: “That’s an area of excitement for me, I am really looking forward to it.”
Warburton admits he is delighted to bring the left-back to the club.
“I am very pleased,” he said. “Lee is a top-class professional and a lot of clubs were after him so I’m delighted to get him on board.”
Warburton installed Wallace as his captain during his spell at Rangers, and added: “He is a natural leader and did a fantastic job for me while I was up there.
“He governed the dressing room and set the standards in the right way. He loves his football and is very much into the coaching and tactical side of the game.
“He has a point to prove. The last 18 months at Glasgow Rangers were difficult for him. I have no doubt he will come down here absolutely determined to prove many people wrong.”
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