Leon Balogun admits Michael Beale after sealing QPR switch
Leon Balogun has admitted the chance to work with QPR manager Michael Beale again was a key factor in his decision to join the Championship club.
Having been a free agent following his departure from Scottish giants Rangers earlier this summer, the centre-back has secured his next club, when it was confirmed on Friday that he had joined QPR.
The 34-year-old has signed a one-year contract at Loftus Road and reunites with Beale, having worked with him during his time at Ibrox.
Now, it seems the chance to work with Beale again was too good to be denied to Balogun, who has apparently had this move on the cards for some time now.
Giving his reaction to QPR’s official website after completing his move, the centre-back said: “It’s a big relief to know that I can get back to action and I’m looking forward to it. We’ve been talking for a few weeks so I’m happy we got it done.
“The manager is one of the main factors for me. When he left Rangers I messaged him and told him that in terms of footballing brains he was one of the best I’ve ever been with. have worked.
“He’s obsessed with football and what I always admire about him is the way he treated the players and the way he put ideas in your mind. I’m more than happy to be working again with him and to be part of this project here, and I hope to leave a big mark.
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Balogun became the sixth QPR first team to sign the summer transfer window, following Kenneth Paal, Jake Clarke-Salter, Tyler Roberts, Taylor Richards and Ethan Laird who completed their move to Loftus Road.
Seems like a good signing for QPR.
The Loftus Road club looked a little short of depth in the center of their defence, and the addition of Balogun will go some way to remedying that.
Indeed, the 34-year-old brings a wealth of experience which could certainly see him help some of the club’s younger options in the position.
His performances for Rangers last season suggest he can still do some work at this level, and on a free transfer that’s not a big financial risk either, which could make for a rather smart move.