The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

CHRIS Hughton com­pares the in­flu­ence of striker Bobby Zamora to that of Kevin Nolan dur­ing New­cas­tle’s pro­mo­tion from the Cham­pi­onship in 2010.

Zamora, 34, re­joined the Seag­ulls in Au­gust, 12 years af­ter leav­ing for spells at Spurs, West Ham and Ful­ham. The striker net­ted 83 goals in 136 games dur­ing his first spell, earn­ing cult sta­tus and en­sur­ing he re­ceived a hero’s re­cep­tion on his re­turn to the south coast.

“The thing that really in­ter­ested me with Bobby – and I don’t think he’ll mind me say­ing this – was the full pack­age,” said Hughton.

“His ex­pe­ri­ence, his knowl­edge, what he could give us in the chang­ing room.

“How play­ers could learn from him. What he meant sym­bol­i­cally for the club.

“Lots of clubs will have those in­di­vid­u­als, whose im­por­tance goes be­yond the pitch.

“It was sim­i­lar to Kevin Nolan at New­cas­tle – some­one with that lead­er­ship who can in­flu­ence other play­ers.

“Nev­er­the­less, the im­por­tant thing was the num­ber of games he was avail­able for QPR last sea­son.

“I can tell you now, I wouldn’t have taken him if he’d only played a hand­ful of times.

“He still has a great deal to of­fer on the pitch and he’s shown that this sea­son by scor­ing three goals for us.”

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