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Warburton: We have to maximise pre-season

MANAGER Mark Warburton says he, his coaching staff and his players have to make the most of every moment of pre-season, as he strives to stamp his style of play onto the squad.

The boss – who has already completed three summer signings – will officially meet his players on Sunday when pre-season kicks off.

Fans will be able to watch all four of the QPR’s friendlies exclusively on QPR+ Pass but ahead of those games Warburton insists that there is much work to be done.

“For players, there is some uncertainty when a new manager comes in,” he said. “There can be some instability, but it is also a time of opportunity.

“It’s important that we maximise every minute of pre-season to get our ideas across of how we want to play. It doesn’t happen overnight; you have to work with the players and talk with the players and do analysis work with the players.

“You have to work on the pitch and in the classroom to give them the best possible opportunity of understanding what you want as a coaching staff from them.

“They’re smart guys who love football, so if we can get the balance right – between on-the-pitch and off-the-pitch work – then we’ll be in a good position.”

Warburton’s squad will begin the friendly schedule on Friday 12th July when they face Austria Vienna at the Generali Stadium.

That match will come at the end of a week-long training camp and after that they’ll play Boreham Wood, Oxford United and Watford before the Championship season starts.

He said: “The game away in Austria will be a tough challenge for us but we’ll have a number of days training under our belts, so we’ll look forward to it.

“Boreham Wood is a club I know very, very well. They have an outstanding playing surface and the club is very well run by Danny Hunter, so that will provide us with another challenge and give the squad the chance to get more minutes under their belts.

“Then we go into the Oxford game and I’ll start to give certain players more pitch time, then we have a game behind closed doors and the final test is the Watford game.

“We want a number of players to get 90 minutes in the last game and to feel confident going into the start of the season.

“The time between the Watford game and the first league game – that seven days – will be a key time for us. We’ll fine-tune training and make sure we are ready for the tough challenge ahead.”

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