TJARONN Chery said he is ‘ready to go’ for the new season as the R’s tour of the Netherlands comes to an end today.
QPR have spent nine days on tour, playing four fixtures during that time – and as Chery prepares to head back to England with the squad, the Dutchman says he is excited about the 2016/17 Championship campaign.
Rangers rounded off the trip with a 3-1 defeat against Chery’s former club FC Groningen on Monday evening, and the 28 year-old was naturally disappointed with the scoreline, but enjoyed being back amongst old friends.
“It was nice to see the boys again,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “It was obviously disappointing to lose the game but I enjoyed seeing my old team-mates.
“There are still a lot of players there who were here when I was, and I enjoyed seeing the backroom staff too.”
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was on the scoresheet for QPR, but goals from Juninho Bacuna, Cole Kpekawa (og) and a Danny Hoesen penalty ensured victory for the hosts.
“The game itself wasn’t really good enough from us,” admitted Chery. “We have to be better than this, and that’s what we will work to do when we have our friendly matches in England.”
Chery joined QPR from Groningen last summer, after spending two years with the Eredivisie side, and he added: “It has been good for us to have these matches against the Dutch teams, because they are strong sides. Groningen are a very good team, really good – and I told the boys this before the match.
“They showed against us how good they are.”
Chery completed 45 minutes against Groningen, having playing the full game against PSV Eindoven three days earlier, and he added: “I feel ok after these matches. It has been a physical test, but it gives me a good feeling to play so many minutes already in pre-season.
“I just want the new season to start now. I cannot wait.
“I feel the respect of the manager and my team-mates, and I want to pay them back for that with goals and by playing well. I am ready to go.”