Clint Hill convinced QPR can become established top-flight side

Clint Hill feels Queens Park Rangers have a great opportunity to become an established top-flight club next season

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Clint Hill made was a first-team regular under Mark Hughes last term Photo: QPR FC

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Clint Hill is convinced Queens Park Rangers can become an established Premier League side next season.

Mark Hughes’ side narrowly avoided an immediate return to the Championship after Bolton Wanderers failed to beat Stoke City on the final day of last season, rendering the Hoops’ 3-2 defeat by Manchester City meaningless in the relegation battle.

QPR have announced plans to build a new training ground, while Hughes has already recruited Samba Diakite, Robert Green, Andy Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Park Ji-Sung this summer, with Manchester United defender Fábio joining on a season-long loan.

“All of the planning and everything that goes into pre-season is done now and we can come in next Monday [for the start of pre-season training] and everything’s planned out and we’re ready to go,” Hill told QPR’s website.

“There’s great stability at the club at the minute. A new training ground is being built and there’s a great sense of opportunity to kick on and hopefully be an established Premier League team.”

The 33-year-old, who was named the Players’ Player and Supporters’ Player of the Season after an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League, signed a new one-year contract extension at Loftus Road in May, but he is not taking his place in Hughes’ first-team for granted.

“I’m ready for it,” added Hill. “We’ve been away for about eight weeks but it goes so quick.

“You start to get itchy feet – you can only do so much running and preparation before you get into it. I’m really looking forward to it.

“The new players will be coming in and there’s also a nice tour to Malaysia and Indonesia to go to – it’s good signs and hopefully we can hit the ground running.”

“Every season is a test for me – I’ve got to prove people wrong and try to give a good account of myself, which I’m willing to do again.

“New players have come in and your place isn’t guaranteed. But I’ve got good experience from last season – hopefully I can try and achieve half of what I did last season, and I’ll be happy.”

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