FAURLIN LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
Mcclaren ‘making his mark’
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.
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.
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.”
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