FAU­RLIN LOOKS TO THE FU­TURE

Mcclaren ‘mak­ing his mark’

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Jamie Holt

IT’S FAIR to sug­gest a lengthy knee in­jury, be­ing shipped out on loan to Italy and al­most cost­ing his side pro­mo­tion was not part of Ale­jan­dro Fau­rlin’s four-year plan at QPR.

Since ar­riv­ing at Lof­tus Road in 2009 the Ar­gen­tine mid­fielder has had his share of ups and downs – in tan­dem with the Four Year Plan doc­u­men­tary that cap­tured Rangers’ tur­bu­lent na­ture so pre­cisely both on and off the field.

It had all started so well. Fau­rlin was brought to QPR in a deal worth around £3.5m from In­sti­tuto and was the fans’ player of the year in his first sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship – his paint­brush left foot bring­ing some much­needed artistry back to Lof­tus Road.

Prom­ise

He was then a key cog in Neil Warnock’s side that even­tu­ally de­liv­ered on for­mer joint-owner Flavio Bri­a­tore’s 2007 prom­ise of de­liv­er­ing Pre­mier League football within four years.

But Fau­rlin’s trans­fer al­most cost QPR pro­mo­tion when it was re­vealed his regis­tra­tion was owned by a third party in Ar­gentina.

Points de­duc­tions were dis­cussed and the Cham­pi­onship-win­ning cham­pagne stayed on ice, be­fore QPR es­caped with a fine and their pro­mo­tion was con­firmed.

Fau­rlin says: “That was a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion to be in. It wasn’t re­ally about me, it was about the club and (my) own­ers.

“But ob­vi­ously my name was on the con­tract and I felt re­ally bad. In the end, though, ev­ery­thing fin­ished well for the club, so it’s in the past.

“In Ar­gentina it was nor­mal for in­di­vid­u­als to buy play­ers. They ap­proach peo­ple. It sounds crazy, I know, but this was six or seven years ago in Ar­gentina and through­out South Amer­ica.

“They have stopped this now be­cause of the con­fu­sion it causes in Europe. It wasn’t dark deal­ings or any­thing, it’s just the way they do it.”

It was just the be­gin­ning of the trou­bles for 26year-old Fau­rlin, who given the merry-go-round of man­agers and play­ers at Lof­tus Road since 2009, is now one of the long­est-serv­ing play­ers at the club – only Ho­gan Ephraim and Adel Taarabt ar­rived ear­lier.

Six months into his de­but sea­son in the Pre­mier League he tore his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment and, while he bat­tled back into Mark Hughes’ side at the start of last sea­son, he spent six un­happy months in Palermo at the end of the doomed cam­paign af­ter Harry Red­knapp took over.

Changes

There will be more changes to the play­ing squad be­fore the trans­fer dead­line closes with Rangers look­ing to re-bud­get af­ter rel­e­ga­tion last term – Taarabt, Joey Bar­ton and Julio Ce­sar all be­ing linked with moves.

Fau­rlin said: “There are a lot of things go­ing on at the club, the only thing I can do is work hard.

“Harry has not re­ally spo­ken to any­one, we don’t re­ally know what’s hap­pen­ing.

“As a foot­baller you al­ways have to be­lieve you will play, if you don’t you might as well stay at home. I will fight to show the man­ager I de­serve to be in the side.

“I’ve al­ways felt good here, the re­la­tion­ship with the peo­ple and with the fans has al­ways been top drawer, let’s just hope I can be on the field and good things hap­pen to QPR this sea­son.

“It’s been a few years of hard times but I know the good times will come round again.”

For­mer Eng­land boss Steve McClaren has joined as coach and Fau­rlin said: “He’s been top drawer since he came in. He’s a big name and a big char­ac­ter and I look for­ward to keep­ing on work­ing with him and keep­ing on learn­ing.

“He likes to play football...play and en­joy.

“We need to set big tar­gets to win the Cham­pi­onship. It will be im­por­tant to start the sea­son well and then keep that go­ing.”

TRI­UMPH: QPR man­ager Neil Warnock and Fau­rlin cel­e­brate win­ning the Cham­pi­onship FANS’ FAVOURITE: Ale­jan­dro Fau­rlin

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