NEW signing Lee Wallace is ready to earn his QPR shirt.
The 31-year-old – who put pen to paper on a two-year contract on Friday – has been reunited with Mark Warburton, his former boss at Glasgow Rangers.
Warburton made Wallace his club captain at Ibrox, a privilege that the left-back describes as “his proudest achievement” and he is very pleased to be working under the boss again.
“I know for a fact that the manager will help the club to move forward,” Wallace told www.qpr.co.uk. “The main thing that stands out about him is the man that he is; the quality of person.
“You go deeper than the football side, which we’ll obviously touch on as well. He gave me the captaincy at Rangers, which was a real honour for me and a huge privilege.
“It’s something I’ll owe the manager for the rest of my career and the impact he has made on me on and off the pitch is massive. He’s been terrific for that reason.
“Everyone knows about his previous line of work and he kind-of fuses that into the football world. That is great for a player because it is hugely important in modern-day football that the culture is right in your environment if you want to be successful.
“That was the first thing we, as Rangers players, recognised when he came to Glasgow.”
Wallace enjoyed a fantastic time under Warburton at Glasgow Rangers, as they won promotion back to the Scottish Premiership and also lifted the Scottish Challenge Cup.
After Warburton’s departure from Ibrox, Wallace did not feature as much for the ‘Gers. So does the defender feel like he has something to prove?
“I would say so, more to myself than anyone else,” Wallace said. “Missing two seasons worth of football – I know I had some minutes last season – but I want to prove some things to myself.
“I know what I am and I know what I can be. I ask myself some key questions ‘what does my best game look like?’, ‘how do I feel when I’m at my best?’.
“I know how I am going to get there and now I have got an opportunity at an exciting time to come and play at a top football club.
“I’m going to meet this [opportunity] head on and first and foremost I can’t wait to work hard and earn the right to wear the shirt and try and make a positive impact on as many of my teammates as possible.”
Full-back Wallace – who has played more than 400 matches in the Scottish Premiership also had the following message for QPR fans.
He said: “The challenge is exciting and I keep stressing it but it’s a great time to be a QPR player. The fans can expect me to be someone who gives everything he has every single day and try to help that rub off on every other player in the team. Hopefully I can be part of a successful team going forward.”