FORMER QPR midfielder Martin Rowlands has been named Vice-President of the Forever R’s Club.
Rowlands, 38, accepted the position earlier this week, and will work closely alongside Club Ambassador Andy Sinton and Forever R’s President Ian Gillard.
He will be in attendance at Loftus Road on a regular basis throughout the season, welcoming back former players for their inductions into our ex-players’ association, as well as assisting the club’s media, commercial and hospitality teams on a matchday, as well as QPR in the Community Trust.
Rowlands, of course, needs little introduction to QPR supporters.
He joined Rangers from local rivals Brentford in the summer of 2003, and went on to play 205 games for the R’s, scoring scored 37 goals from midfield.
He also skippered the club on a number of occasions, with his whole-hearted, committed performances in the heart of the QPR midfield creating a strong affiliation between him and the R’s supporters.
On his appointment, he said: “I’m delighted to be returning to the club in this role.
“I’m a regular at Loftus Road anyway, but to be able to give something back and help out with the Forever R’s is really special for me. Working alongside Andy and Ian will be a real honour.
“The work the club has done in the last few years in terms of re-integrating former players back into the club has been fantastic and with the set-up of the Forever R’s, there’s a real lasting legacy in place now for many years to come and it’s a privilege for me to play a small part.”
Club Ambassador Sinton welcomed the news, commenting: “We spoke in the last committee meeting about the desire to appoint someone who would appeal to the younger QPR supporters, and Martin was the name that kept cropping up, so we’re delighted he’s accepted the position.
“He’s a real QPR man and his passion and enthusiasm for the club is there for everyone to see.
“Alongside Gilly, he’ll really help us to continue the fine work we’ve done so far, and also take us forward over the coming years.”