Queens Park Rangers Football Club have clinched the signing of England international winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.
Wright-Phillips has penned a three-year deal at Loftus Road, after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for the midfielder's services.
The signing of the ex-Chelsea attacker represents a significant coup for the Club and follows hot-on-the-heels of the arrival one of his former Manchester City team-mates, Joey Barton, who joined QPR last week.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the 29 year-old revealed his joy at putting pen to paper in W12 - and also had a message for the R's faithful following his move.
"I'm delighted - I can't wait to kick-start my QPR career," Wright-Phillips said.
"Once I spoke to the Manager and saw the direction that the Club was going in, I wanted to be a part of that.
"I'm here now. Get behind me as best as you can, just like the City fans did, and I'll give you a hundred and ten per-cent every time I go on to the pitch.
"It's exciting times for QPR. With the new signings and the squad that we've got, the Club is heading in the right direction."
QPR boss Neil Warnock believes Wright-Phillips' arrival will add some real quality to the R's attacking options, adding: "I'mjust really excited that we've been able to attract a player like Shaun to the Club.
"Right from day one, him and Joey Barton were at the top of our list and we've managed to get both of them, so I couldn't be more pleased.
"He's got a great attitude, a great character and he just wants to improve and impress as a footballer.
"Shaun's so positive and that's what we're looking for from all players that join QPR."
Originally released by Nottingham Forest for being 'too small,' pacy winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has since proved his critics wrong - and in some style too.
Wright-Phillips wasn't a free agent for too long following his release from the City Ground, as Manchester City's well-established academy instantly snapped up the youngster.
His speed and directness from the right wing ensured that his breakthrough to the First Team wasn't too far behind.
Wright-Phillips made his debut in a League Cup tie against Burnley during the Club's 1999/2000 campaign.
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He soon became established in Kevin Keegan's attacking side, making more than 30 appearances in each of the next four seasons.
During this consistent spell with the Club, the 29 year-old received his first senior England call-up in 2004, marking his debut with a goal.
Despite being named 'Young Player of the Year' for four successive years, Wright-Phillips made a big money move to Chelsea in 2005 for £21million.
During his time at Stamford Bridge, the attack-minded midfielder won all three domestic competitions - the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup - but never maintained a regular place within the Chelsea starting XI.
Wright-Phillips moved back to City in 2008, capping his 'second' debut with a brace.
His fine form in his second spell with the Blues means that Wright-Phillips has since increased his number of England caps to 36 at senior level.
He is the adopted son of former England international Ian Wright, and the half-brother of fellow professional footballer Bradley Wright-Phillips.
FOUR Years ago... Smith and Hulse...incoming just before Transfer Deadline
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Two in - and the door's still open davidmcintyre | August 31, 2010 a wp.me/pFeRV-5j
No big surprises on deadline day then with the signings of Tommy Smith and Rob Hulse. But the biggest development â€“ or non-development â€“ of the day could be regarding Jason Roberts.
Unless Roberts got himself a move to a Premier League club very late in the day, he should now be easy enough for Rangers to pick up if they want him.
Much has been made of his supposedly massive wages at Blackburn, but Rangers have always had a fair chance of signing him on a permanent basis, even if it turns out to be on an initial loan deal before an eventual transfer.
The stumbling block has been less about money and more about whether Roberts might get an offer from a Premier League club, which would have made it very difficult for QPR to sign him.
There was some talk of Wigan wanting him back, but that may have been more about him being touted to them. For a player perhaps looking to stay in the top division, trying to hook-in Wigan â€“ a place he knows and is popular from his time there â€“ was an obvious thing to do. But, barring a very late development, it seems they havenâ€™t gone for it.
That potentially leaves Roberts available for a loan move, so I wouldnâ€™t bet against him ending up at Loftus Road one way or another - and still being there at the start of next season.
Hulse is an interesting signing. Iâ€™ve always believed Neil Warnock would sign one of Hulse, James Beattie or Darius Henderson before the transfer window closed.
With Beattie having gone elsewhere and Henderson out injured, there was only one of them left as Warnock looked to bring in the target man heâ€™s craved for a long time.
In terms of style, Hulse isnâ€™t everyoneâ€™s cup of tea. Heâ€™s certainly not mine. In terms of substance, heâ€™s definitely a top player by Championship standards. The same can be said of Dave Kitson, who Rangers also asked about.
Hulse has some good attributes and is a goal threat. Derby were always a much better side with him in it. The problem was that injuries meant he was in it pretty rarely.
Rangers say his signing is subject to Football League approval. That should be a formality. Iâ€™m not sure why the move went through so late in the day. During the afternoon I even got calls saying there were rumours heâ€™d failed a medical, which was news to me.
I also donâ€™t know why the Smith signing was sorted so late in the day, because during the last few weeks, while Rangers have been linked with loads of players, that one's looked to me to be the easiest of deals for them to do. But no matter, they got there in the end and both transfers should be rubber-stamped when the League open for business tomorrow.
Smithâ€™s a tidy player and a much better signing than Jon Walters would have been in my view.
All in all, Warnock will be pleased with his work. Rangers have signed yet more players â€“ probably enough to tide them over for a whole fortnight â€“ and heâ€™s got the target man he wanted.
Personally I think one of the biggest issues facing Rangers has not been the lack of a big man up front or even an obvious goalscorer, but that the team is possibly a bit one-paced.
I donâ€™t think these signings will do anything to change that, but thereâ€™s still the loan market and Rangers being Rangers, thereâ€™ll be more players arriving soon.
Just interesting the rest of the QPR players not in the 25
Queens Park Rangers - 25 squad players
Player Home Grown
1 Kenny, Patrick No 2 Orr, Bradley James Yes 3 Hill, Clinton Scott Yes 4 Derry, Shaun Peter Yes 5 Hall, Fitz Yes 6 Gabbidon, Daniel Leon Yes 7 Taarabt, Adel Yes 8 Dyer, Kieron Courtney Yes 9 Campbell, Dudley Junior Yes 10 Bothroyd, Jay Yes 11 Faurlin, Alejandro Damian No 12 Mackie, James Charles Yes 13 Traore, Armand Yes 14 Buzsaky, Akos No 15 Caldini Perone, Bruno No 16 Connolly, Matthew Thomas Martin Yes 17 Barton, Joseph Yes 18 Young, Luke Paul Yes 19 Smith, Thomas William Yes 20 Helguson, Heidar No 21 Cerny, Radek No 22 Murphy, Brian No 23 Wright-Phillips, Shaun Cameron Yes 24 Ferdinand, Anton Julian Yes 25 Puncheon, Jason David Ian Yes
Queens Park Rangers - Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)
Adekunle, Oluwatobi Aliu Andrade, Bruno Miguel Carvalho Balanta, Angelo Jasiel Brown, Ben Buck, Jordan Winston Bryan Daly, James Christopher Deane, Gareth Ivan Doughty, Michael Edward Downs, Jake Louis Ehmer, Maximilian Andreas Fitzpatrick, David Hugh Aborlo Francis, Adam Royston Lawrence Gibbons, Jordan Leon Chidubem Harriman, Michael Grant Henry-Francis, Marcel Laurel Hewitt, Troy Roger Hubble, Conor Stephen James Koeris, Justin Vernon Lennox, Aaron Keith Lumley, Joseph Patrick McDonnell, Daniel Michael Nguemkam Monthe, Emmanuel Gaetan Olley, Luke Stephen Parmenter, Taylor Louis Putnins, Elvijs Sendles-White, Jamie Alexander Shariff, Abdalla Mohamed Simmonds, Bradley Michael Sutherland, Frankie Jay Trani, Tommaso Walker, Jordan www.premierleague.com/page/Headlines/0,,12306~2440123,00.html
Queens Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Sheffield United star Mikele Leigertwood for an undisclosed fee. The 24 year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, has penned a three-year deal in W12. Leigertwood, who joined the Blades in July 2006 and has featured in four of United's five League and Cup fixtures so far this season, could be in line to make his QPR bow against Southampton on Saturday. Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, gaffer John Gregory expressed his delight at Leigertwood's arrival: "Since the unfortunate injury to Simon Walton, the midfield area is one we have been trying hard to fill. "Mikele is an outstanding athlete and footballer who can come straight into the team in that position and I think he is a real quality acquisition for the Football Club." Leigertwood, who began his career with Wimbledon before later joining Crystal Palace, said: "QPR only contacted me on Wednesday. I had a word with John Gregory and a look around the place on Thursday and I was very impressed with what I saw. "I'm happy with the ambitions of the Club and hopefully we can all progress together. "I'm hardworking, honest, and I am never one to shy away. Hopefully, I can bring some steel into the centre of the park." Leigertwood will wear squad number 32.
BBC - QPR complete Leigertwood transfer Mikele Leigertwood has strugged for action at Sheffield United Queens Park Rangers have signed Sheffield United midfield man Mikele Leigertwood in a £900,000 deal, reports BBC Radio Sheffield. The 24-year-old joined the Blades last summer but struggled to hold down a regular first team place. He arrived at Bramall Lane from Crystal Palace after a £600,000 development compensation package was agreed. Leigertwood's versatility will appeal to QPR boss John Gregory as he builds his squad. BBC \ Read more: qprreport.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=6370#ixzz256XbqhEa
Seven Years Ago (as of tomorrow)...Langley Rejoins and Lomas
Deadline Day, 2005: Langley and Lomas Join QPR- (August 31, 2005): Richard Langley and Steve Lomas join QPR. One year later, Langley had moved on to Luton and Lomas was on his way out.
QPR OFFICIAL SITE - AUGUST 31, 2005 ON LANGLEY'S RETURN HE'S BACK!
Rangers today swooped to re-sign former midfield favourite Richard Langley from Cardiff City.
The 25-year-old returns to Loftus Road, and the club where he began his professional career, after almost exactly two years at Ninian Park.
Langley has put pen to paper on an initial one-year deal, with an option to extend it for a further year, this afternoon, having passed a medical at Rangers' Harlington training ground.
And now, after a weekend break from football, he will be available for the Superhoops' next game at Southampton on September 10th.
Langley has long been rated one of the very best of Rangers' youth products, having burst in to the first team as an 18-year-old in 1998.
A serious knee injury interrupted his progress in 2001 and he missed 12 months of football - by which time Rangers had been relegated to Division Two.
He then missed the play-off final in 2003 through suspension before signing for the very side that defeated the Superhoops at the Millennium Stadium in the first weeks of the 2003-04 season.
His last act in a Rangers shirt was to score a fantastic last-gasp winner at Cheltenham in the League Cup before heading to south Wales.
He made 148 appearances in total for Rangers scoring 21 goals, before racking up a further 63 starts and eight goals for the Bluebirds.
Speculation had linked Langley with a return to Loftus Road ever since Rangers' promotion back to the Championship. Meanwhile, Cardiff's well-documented financial problems only added weight to the rumours.
But the rumours have now become fact and one of Rangers' best-loved and most talented players of recent years is back where he belongs.
QPR OFFICIAL SITE - AUGUST 31, 2005 LOMAS SIGNS
Rangers have completed their second deal of the day with the signing of the hugely experienced Northern Ireland midfielder Steve Lomas.
The 31-year-old leaves West Ham for Loftus Road on a free transfer after eight years with the East London club.
In his time at the Boleyn Ground he has made 227 appearances and his first class total is well over 300 having begun his league career with Manchester City.
He made 25 appearances in West ham's promotion season last year, including both league games against Rangers.
Lomas has also played 45 times for Northern Ireland, scoring three times.
He becomes Rangers' second signing of the day following the arrival of Richard Langley from Cardiff City and the player himself is excited by the prospect.
"I know both Ian Holloway and Tim Breacker and they both had excellent things to say about the club. They both know what type of player I am and I'm delighted that its happened.
"This is a challenge that I need after such a long time at West Ham, you find yourself having to prove yourself all over again.
"Sometimes if you stay at one club for too long you can get a bit stale. Now I've got to prove myself to Ian Holloway.
"I think this year the play-offs are what the manager wants and I'm sure that's what everyone here wants to be able to achieve." QPR
QPR OFFICIAL SITE - August 31, 2005 HOME AGAIN
Richard Langley is delighted to be back 'home' after signing at Loftus Road today.
The 25-year-old midfielder returns after two years at Cardiff and told qpr.co.uk that it was the move he always wanted.
"It's really nice to be back and to see all the familiar faces.
"I've kept in contact with quite a few of the lads. Now I just can't wait to pull on a shirt and start playing.
"There has been talk about a move back almost since I moved to Cardiff! But I'm just delighted to be back here at Loftus Road."
Nevertheless, plenty has changed in the two years Langley has been away from QPR and as far as the player himself is concerned - all of it for the good.
"The club has moved on, the squad is bigger and the training facilites are excellent.
"There is a lot of talent in the squad. But I'd also like to think I have improved as a player.
" I have the same attributes but I've added a few touches to my game."
And now Langley's attentions turn to repaying Ian Holloway's faith and settling back in to life with his home town club.
"QPR has always been a big part of my life. I used to come back and visit when I was at Cardiff.
"I just hope that the fans welcome me back. I'm sure there may be a few sceptics but it is up to me to win them over."
PUBLISHED 20:00 30th August 2012 by @officialqpr Centre-half pens two-year professional deal
I just want to keep learning and progressing as a player. The new under-21 league is a great platform for young players." Sam Magri QPR HAVE completed the signing of highly-rated England youth international Sam Magri.
The cultured centre-half has signed a two-year professional contract following his release from Portsmouth.
Magri, who spurned the advances down a couple of other Premier League clubs in favour of a move to Loftus Road, told http://www.qpr.co.uk: “I’m really excited to be here.
“QPR are really going places as a club and I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter of my career here.
“I just want to keep learning and progressing as a player. The new under-21 league is a great platform for young players like myself and I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates and start playing.”
R's Head Coach of Elite Development, Marc Bircham, told http://www.qpr.co.uk: "I have seen Sam play quite a few times and he is a player of potential. He is an excellent addition for us.
"His arrival is an example of what we are trying to do as a football club. The first team are working hard to raise the standard of their squad and we are doing the same at Academy level.
"Sam enjoys the art of defending but he is also comfortable on the ball and I think every modern day centre back needs to have that now.
"There were a number of clubs in England interested in Sam so the fact he has come here shows how QPR is looked upon now by players at other teams.
"We have got some really big aspirations here and we are working hard to fulfil them."
Magri, 18, joined Pompey as a youth player and moved up through the ranks in their Academy.
During the 2011/12 season, he was involved in several first team squads, but was forced to wait for his first professional appearance until earlier this season, in a Capital One Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle.
On the international stage, Magri captained the England under-16 side during the successful Victory Shield campaign of 2009 and also travelled to France in March 2010 to help England reach the Final of the Montaigu Tournament, where they lost to Portugal on penalties.
Since then, he has accrued 22 England under-17 caps, featuring in the 2011 World Cup in Mexico.
He made his debut for the under-18’s versus Slovakia in November and is currently on standby for the next England under-19 fixture.