O’NEIL’S THRILL AT QPR MOVE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Mur­ray

THEY’VE done it be­fore and Gary O’Neil be­lieves he and Harry Red­knapp can gain pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League again – only this time at QPR.

The 30-year-old has signed a one-year deal at Lof­tus Road af­ter fail­ing to agree a new deal at West Ham.

But hav­ing worked un­der Red­knapp be­fore at Portsmouth, where they won pro­mo­tion to the top flight 11 years ago, O’Neil in­sists he’s made the right de­ci­sion in a bid to get back to the Pre­mier League.

“The chal­lenge here is an ex­cit­ing one,” said the mid­fielder.

“Ob­vi­ously I know Harry well and he was a big fac­tor in me com­ing to the club.The pro­mo­tion sea­son we had un­der him at Portsmouth was fan­tas­tic.

“He’s played a mas­sive role in my de­vel­op­ment as a player and now I’m back play­ing for him again and I want to re­pay him by help­ing this club get back into the Pre­mier League.

“There are so many games in the Cham­pi­onship and you need a strong squad to cope with it.

“At this early stage when there are not too many in­juries and there are no sus­pen­sions, it will look like there’s an abun­dance of tal­ent and choices, but it doesn’t take a lot for peo­ple to miss games, so you need to have a com­pet­i­tive squad with strength in depth.

“Hav­ing been in and around the squad for the last few weeks, I’ve seen how united the squad are to achieve what we all want to do.

“The to­geth­er­ness is there – it’s a re­ally happy camp and there’s a real good feel to the place.”

Red­knapp, who al­lowed play­maker Adel Taarabt to join Ful­ham on a sea­son-long loan this week, added: “Gary’s a good player and a good pro.

“He was of­fered a new deal at West Ham but he de­cided he fan­cied com­ing here be­cause he feels maybe he’ll get more game time at QPR.”

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