There has been plenty of change at Queens Park Rangers this summer, with Michael Beale preparing for his first year in management.
The former Aston Villa assistant arrives with a good reputation following the work he has done alongside Steven Gerrard over the years, but this is still a big first test for him in the Championship.
For the fans, the change has been welcome, and there will be a sense of excitement and intrigue as they wait to see what Beale’s R’s side look like when the campaign starts later this month.
Even though a ball hasn’t been kicked competitively this season, there is still a lot going on – and here we look at the latest QPR headlines…
R’s in Anjorin transfer battle
It has been reported that the Londoners are one of several Championship clubs who are showing an interest in Chelsea attacking midfielder Tino Anjorin.
The 20-year-old spent the second part of the previous campaign on loan at Huddersfield but fitness issues meant he didn’t make the impact he would’ve wanted.
Nevertheless, the England youth international is highly thought of and if the R’s see off interest from Coventry, Norwich and the Terriers it will be seen as a real coup.
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Willock fitness update
Chris Willock scored seven goals and registered 11 assists for the R’s from 35 games last season, so his quality is clear to see and the 24-year-old will expect to be an important figure under the new boss.
But, there were fears he would miss the start of the new campaign as he recovers from the serious hamstring injury that he picked up in March.
However, in an encouraging update, Beale said that the first game of the season against Blackburn is a realistic target, even if Willock is likely to be eased into full fitness.
Trip to Germany finished
Beale has spent the past week working with his players on a trip to Germany, which finished with a 1-1 draw against Hallescher, which came days after a convincing win over Zwickau.
The training camp will have been seen as an important one in terms of forging a team spirit, as well as giving Beale the chance to get his ideas across to the players.
Now, the team are back in the UK, with games against Wealdstone and then the final pre-season clash with Crystal Palace on Saturday, which comes a week before the Championship starts for the R’s with a trip to Blackburn.