QPR have completed the free-transfer signing of seasoned defender Angel Rangel on a short-term contract.
The 35-year-old full-back moves to Loftus Road on a five-month deal after being released by Swansea City.
Rangel - who will bolster Rangers’ defensive options following Darnell Furlong’s three-month lay-off with a knee injury - can’t wait to help educate a young QPR side using his vast experience.
“I had a phone call from the manager saying he was looking for some experience,” Angel told www.qpr.co.uk after signing his deal until 13th January 2019.
“I think the main word used was experience. He wants to use my Premier League experience as an important part of our game.
“I want to use every single weapon I have to help the team achieve their targets. I’ve seen lots of talent in training - from what I have seen we can only get better.
“I know I am not 20 anymore but when you have been in the British game for so long, you gain experience and I think that’s what I can contribute day in, day out.
“I am delighted to be here and I hope I can help as much as I can.”
Rangel made over 370 appearances for Swansea after moving to the Welsh side in 2007 from his native Spain.
After leaving the Liberty Stadium in the summer, ending over a decade-long association with the Swans, QPR manager Steve McClaren expressed his delight at securing him on a short-term agreement.
“We invited him in 10 days ago to train,” revealed McClaren. “He’s had 11 years at Swansea City in the Championship and Premier League, so he comes with great experience.
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“He’s a very-good professional and a very-good person, and that was one of the main things we wanted in the dressing room.
“We hope Darnell will come back in three months. Ossie Kakay is obviously still learning the game and young, and we needed someone with experience and professionalism. Angel came in and demonstrated that in bags.
“All the players can benefit tremendously from having him around. When you see him train, you know he has a pedigree and I am delighted to have him here.”
Rangel will wear the number 22 shirt during his time at Loftus Road.
Rangel aiming to bring experience to QPR
NEW recruit Angel Rangel says he feels like he can be a guiding figure for what is a youthful QPR side after signing on with the club today.