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QPR complete Tomer Hemed loan signing

STRIKER Tomer Hemed has completed a loan move to QPR from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 31-year-old forward has joined the R’s until the end of the 2018/19 season to link up with boss Steve McClaren.

Hemed, who has previously scored 30 goals in two seasons at Championship level, is eager to help the R’s kick-start their season.

“I know the reason I am here,” the Israeli international told www.qpr.co.uk after completing his loan switch to W12.

“I’ve good experience at this level. I scored goals in the Championship for Brighton, so I know how to do it.

“I came here to score goals but also to create chances for others and be a big factor in the attacking side of the game.

“I’ve done good things with Brighton and I can use my character to show that, even though it has been a bad period for QPR, we can do better every week.

“Of course I have to score goals, but if I can give a bit more confidence to the players after a difficult start, then I’m sure after one or two good games we can do good things together.”

Hemed moved to Brighton from Spanish side Almeria in July 2015 and went on to gain promotion to the Premier League with the Seagulls.

He scored 17 goals in his debut season in the Championship, before netting on a further 13 occasions in Albion’s promotion to the top-flight in 2016/17.

Having made 16 Premier League appearances last season, R’s manager Steve McClaren hopes Hemed’s quality can help improve results.

“I’m delighted to bring Tomer to the club,” said McClaren. "We’ve come across each other a few times during his time at Brighton in the Championship. He’s experienced and knows how to score goals - he’s a team player and a leader.

“He wants to come here not only to score goals for QPR, but help the team in terms of being a leader, too.

“The most-important thing for him is to score goals. He’s dropped down from the Premier League and he has come to us because he wants to play. He demands much of himself and much of his team-mates, as well.

“We are hoping he comes in and ups the level of our game.”

Tomer will wear the number 16 shirt during his time at Loftus Road and is available for Saturday's match against Wigan Athletic.

He’s experienced and knows how to score goals, he’s a team player and a leader.

Steve McClaren