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Mark Warburton outlines his transfer plans

SPEAKING at his first QPR press conference on Wednesday morning, Mark Warburton explained how he is planning to approach the summer transfer window.

The R’s Manager – who was appointed a week ago – was quizzed by Sky Sports, the BBC and the local press in his first meeting with the media since joining the club.

And summer transfers was one of the topics on the lists of the journalists, to which Warburton responded: “We’ll be active [in the window].

“We’ll be looking at players young and old, in terms of experience. You have to have maturity, experience and seniority to succeed in this really tough division but at the same time we want youthful energy, hunger and desire and passion as well.

“If we can get that balance right then we will be in a good place. I’m sure every club will be vying for the same thing but there are some good, young players out there who would definitely benefit from coming and playing at a club like QPR and getting that experience.

“There are some good senior names, who can add their maturity and game knowledge to what is a young squad of players too. We have to get that balance right and then we’ll see where we are.”

The club announced its retained list on Tuesday afternoon, with it being confirmed that five senior players will not be offered new contracts.

Warburton said: “I’ve been here a matter of days but I know many of the players and we understand the financial situation and what we need to do as a club to give it that firm foundation.

“Some tough decisions have been made, and will have to be made, but it’s all for the good of the club. That’s a clear message that has to go out to our supporters, staff and players; we are doing the right things for the long-term welfare of QPR.

“Hopefully we can get some young players in, work with the players we already have, use the market wisely and see where that takes us.”  

If we can get that balance right then we will be in a good place.

Mark Warburton