QPR’S squad has been confirmed for the pre-season tour of Austria.
Mark Warburton’s men are due to fly out to the continent later today [Saturday] and they will take part in a six-day training camp before facing Austria Vienna on Friday evening.
The R’s travelling to Austria are…
Goalkeepers: Seny Dieng, Liam Kelly, Joe Lumley.
Defenders: Yoann Barbet, Darnell Furlong, Grant Hall, Niko Hamalainen, Toni Leistner, Conor Masterson, Angel Rangel, Charlie Rowan, Lee Wallace.
Midfielders: Luke Amos, Dom Ball, Ryan Manning, Charlie Owens, Josh Scowen, Matt Smith.
Forwards: Ilias Chair, Ebere Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Aramide Oteh, Mide Shodipo, Paul Smyth, Lewis Walker.
The temperature is expected to exceed 30 degree for much of the week while they are away and Warburton is looking forward to putting his players through their paces.
The manager said: “It’s pre-season and wherever you go you have to apply yourself. You know you have to work, you know you’re going to work and you need to get your fitness in.
“You also have to develop the understanding, the patterns of play, etc, so for us it is very important that we do work the boys hard, that we get the loadings right and that we get the rest and recovery right too.”
All of Warburton’s summer signings will be making the trip and he says that the week should provide them, and the rest of the squad, with a great opportunity to settle in.
He said: “As a coaching staff, it [going away] allows you to bed in some ideas, to have meetings with the players as groups, as individuals and as units within the team.
“You can talk, you can go through presentations and review footage. We can look at the Gillingham game, what we did well and the areas that we can improve.
“There is so much you can look at and have quality time with the players. The players are normal people, of course, and they’ll have their obligations and commitments outside of football as well and it’s good for them to get away and focus solely on the game.”
Midfielder Massimo Luongo will not be making the trip to Austria and Warburton has explained why.
He said: “Massimo has been a loyal servant of the club for the last four years and his passion and commitment for QPR has always been there for everyone to see out on the pitch.
“Massimo’s future could now lie away from QPR and therefore it is important that we prepare for that potential eventuality. We will give opportunities in Austria to some of the club’s younger players who have come through the academy, such as Charlie Owens and Charlie Rowan.”