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Fernandes expects more signings
Published : 13 Jul 2012 15:47:10
QPR chairman Tony Fernandes believes the club will reap the rewards of their early work in the transfer market and admits there are likely to be even more new faces joining this summer.
The Hoops escaped relegation to the second tier on the final day of last season and have been quick to improve their squad. Manager Mark Hughes has recruited six players so far this summer, with Manchester United's Park Ji-sung the latest and greatest name to join the west Londoners.
"It is ironic, this time last year I had one week to do it all," Fernandes told Press Association Sport. "Now I've had the best part of two months and I think a lot of great work was done."
But while Fernandes, who took over the club less than a year ago, thinks most of the good work has already been done, he admits as many as three new faces could still arrive at Loftus Road.
"Maybe two or three more signings are left and then we're done - and, I think, done for a while actually because we would then have a good nucleus for a long time," he said.
"The work then has to start on the academy and bringing through kids, who started at QPR at 11 and go all the way up."
QPR, who are setting off on a 12-day pre-season tour of Malaysia and Indonesia, are keen to avoid the struggles that saw them almost relegated last term.
Fernandes expects this season to be far more straightforward and believes the acquisition of experienced players like Park, Ryan Nelsen and Andrew Johnson could be the catalyst.
"We've picked up a really good level of young players and good level of experience, which I think we lacked last season and Mark highlighted," Fernandes added.
"Mark showed me graphs of how many games our players had in the Premier League and it really wasn't a lot."