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Former Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway believes the club need to make some more signings to push on next season.

QPR opted for a change of direction this summer and parted ways with Holloway to bring in Steve McClaren as his replacement.

But Holloway believes that the talented crop of youngsters at the West London club need some more experience alongside them to achieve a better league position.

Speaking exclusively to FLW writer Jay Williams at the launch of the new EFL highlights show on Quest TV, Holloway told us: “They need to make some signings, they need some experience. We knew that was on the cards.”

“Obviously Steve [McClaren] is going to be the one choosing them now and not me. I wish him all the best.

“There was a lot of work done, there are some really good young players who were helped by the senior ones who were leaving and they really need to make some signings so I hope he can get who he wants.”

When pressed about where QPR need to strengthen, Holloway insisted that defence was the priority.

The Hoops lost Nedum Onuoha, James Perch and Jack Robinson at the end of last season – all three of whom departed on free transfers – but have added Toni Leistner to strengthen their options.

Holloway said: “They really need to make some defensive signings, I think, to add a bit of experience back there and maybe a midfield player to make sure that all those young lads are able to progress and grow.”

During Holloway’s stint in charge at Loftus Road, he was often praised for blooding in young players – something which has not been done as much as it perhaps could have been at QPR in recent years.

The likes of Paul Smyth, Ryan Manning, Eberechi Eze, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Ilias Chair, Darnell Furlong and Joe Lumley all enjoyed some first-team game time towards the end of last year and Holloway is very excited about the young talent that QPR have to offer.

Holloway said: “:ittle Paul Smyth of Ireland was just a breath of fresh air – absolutely a total live-wire. I thought Ryan Manning did superbly well and so did Darnell Furlong.

“I ended up putting him as a right-sided centre-back in a back three and he was absolutely outstanding.”

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