TOM Carroll has re-joined QPR on a permanent basis – signing a one-year deal with the R’s.
The 28-year-old central midfielder returns to W12 some six years after spending the 2013/14 campaign here, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur. Carroll made 26 Championship appearances for us in a season that ended with Rangers winning promotion to the Premier League.
He arrives back at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium following a three-year spell with Swansea City.
“I’m delighted to be back,” Tom told www.qpr.co.uk. “I’ve been training here for the last couple of weeks and things have obviously gone well.
“I like the way the manager (Mark Warburton) wants to play. Hopefully that suits me and we can push on together. He wants me to enjoy myself. Now it’s about showing what I can do.”
Carroll first arrived at QPR in 2013 as one of the youngest members of our squad. Now, he’s back as one of the most experienced and is hoping to pass on his knowledge to our exciting young crop of players.
“It’s a really young squad – especially compared to last time I was here,” Carroll continued. “It’s a good squad, a talented one, too, and hopefully I can help them along the way.
“I feel like my playing style will suit the club – hopefully I can get on the ball and help us play.
“I was on the end of a drubbing with Swansea last season in the FA Cup and there are some really talented players here – match-winners and players who are capable of playing at a really high level.
“Hopefully we can build on last season and really push on.”
Rangers boss Warburton added: “He brings Premier League experience and Premier League quality, in terms of his technical ability.
“He’s had a frustrating time over the last couple of months, but I think we have a very experienced and very talented player who is hungry to prove a point.
“My question to Tom was, ‘How hungry are you?’ Clearly, there is a really strong desire to come and play football. He should be entering his prime and I think he will be a great addition to the squad.
“He’s added a different level of passing ability – he sees a pass that opens up the opposition. He finds pockets of space that we work hard to create and maximise, and I think we play in a style that suits Tom.
“I think it’s a natural fit for him and he’s felt very at home here from the first day. He’s shown his quality, ability and desire to do well and move forward in his footballing career. Hopefully everyone benefits from this.”
Carroll has signed in time to be selected for tomorrow’s (Saturday) first-round EFL Cup tie at Plymouth Argyle – subject to international clearance.
My question to Tom was, ‘How hungry are you?’ Clearly, there is a really strong desire to come and play football.