JOSH Scowen has joined QPR on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal.
The 24-year-old arrives at Loftus Road after turning down the offer of a new contract at Barnsley, where he was a regular for the Tykes in the Championship last season, making 44 appearances in all competitions.
The tough-tackling midfielder becomes Ian Holloway’s first signing of the summer and the R’s boss is delighted with the capture.
“It’s a great first signing for us and I couldn’t be happier with the work that has been done to identify him for us,” Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk.
“He was identified by the scouting network we’ve got in place here and they told me everything I needed to know about him, both in terms of his ability as a player and his character.
“I am delighted to bring him in.”
Holloway added: “Despite being young, he has played an awful lot of games already in his career and that’s great because it shows he can knock out 90 minutes, week in, week out.
“He’s also got a great pass in his locker and I like his attitude as well – he’s tenacious, gritty and has a real will-to-win, which is what we need.
“What really pleases me about this signing is that he had plenty of options to go elsewhere, but he opted for QPR – and did so for the right reasons. He really wanted to come here and play for us – how good is that?
“I want to bring players here who care about this club and have the right attitude – Josh fits that mould.”
QPR welcome midfielder Josh Scowen to Loftus Road
Josh signs a three-year deal in W12
The former Barnsley midfielder is Ian Holloway's first signing this summer
New midfielder Josh Scowen conducts his first official interview
Scowen poses for the cameras inside the tunnel at Loftus Road
The 24-year-old checks out his new surroundings
Josh holds the obligatory scarf above his head
@QPRFC - Josh Scowen
The R's latest recruit is all set for the start of the new season against Reading
After signing his deal in W12, Scowen said: “I’m very happy to join such a great club.
“When I met Ian Holloway and Les Ferdinand they made me feel welcome and made me feel like I was going to be a big part of their plans, which is always great to hear as a player.
“I’ll do my best to impress the gaffer and my team-mates in pre-season and hopefully I can be in the manager’s plans and in the starting line-up for the opening game of the season.”