IT’S been more than five and a half years since Nedum Onuoha joined QPR and in his time the defender has seen many players come and go during the transfer window.
However, this closed season has been somewhat different with so far only Josh Scowen arriving on a free transfer from Barnsley.
It means that the training ground has been filled with pretty familiar faces this summer but that’s no bad thing for the R’s centre half.
Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk at the club’s Open Day, Onuoha stated that the continuity in the team could be what makes us successful on the football pitch.
He explained: "There’s not been a lot of changes going into the new season which for me is a good thing because it means there’s some kind of continuity.”
He continued: “A lot of the sides who we compete against have had success with the same players for a good few years and have developed styles, which going forward can make you a much stronger team.”
After a long pre-season, which has included a training camp in Portugal and two matches in Germany, Onuoha feels physically and mentally ready for a gruelling league campaign starting with Reading on Saturday.
“That was my 14th pre-season which is alarming really but as you can imagine I’m more than ready to start the season. It’s been a long pre-season and been difficult both mentally and physically but the first game is what we all look forward to," said the R's skipper.
And on the match against the Royals, Onuoha believes that the team must forget the fact that they are playing such a strong side, who made the Play-Off final last season and concentrate on ourselves.
“It’s going to be a tough start, there’s no denying that but at the end of the day everyone has had around six weeks to prepare for this fixture so whoever it was going to be was always likely to be difficult but it’s about how we approach it, we have to be ready!”
Nedum was speaking following the R's Open Training Day at Loftus Road and the QPR number 5 was pleased to see Rangers fans in W12.
“It’s great to see some of the young fans who will be supporting QPR for the next 50/60 years here and the weather has been excellent as well, which is a massive change from when it poured down last year," he joked!
“The session was quite good as well so it’s nice for them to see something positive and they are enjoying themselves whilst on holiday which is always great to see.”