STRIKER Jan Mlakar has signed for QPR on a season-long deal from Brighton & Hove Albion.
The 20-year-old Slovenian joined the Premier League outfit in January, before being loaned back to his homeland where his goals helped fire NK Maribor to the league title.
Mlakar becomes our 10th summer signing, bringing some much-needed firepower to the R’s frontline ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
“I’m very pleased to be here,” Mlakar told www.qpr.co.uk. “I really like what I’ve seen of the place and I know just what an important club QPR are in England.
“I’m very happy to be here so that I can help the team. I want to play as well as I can and I want to score goals.”
Mark Warburton has made no secret of his desire to bring in strikers before the season starts – and Mlakar is looking forward to working with the R’s boss.
He said: “I spoke with the manager and he told me that he wanted a striker that suited his style of play.
“We all know that the Championship season starts soon, and I can’t wait to get started here.”
The young forward has represented Slovenia’s national team at various youth levels and joins Rangers after scoring 15 goals in 36 games in Maribor’s title-winning season.
Mlakar – who was part of Brighton’s pre-season trip to Austria – will now gain his first taste of English football after Albion allowed Rangers to acquire his services for the season.
Warburton said: “Jan is a very talented striker who we’ve been aware of for a while.
“We’re very excited to have him on board – Jan is a very promising player who has already shown his qualities at international level.
“Our thanks must go to our friends at Brighton for their help on this one. We’re delighted to have him with us for the season.”
I’m very happy to be here so that I can help the team. I want to play as well as I can and score goals.