Young Hearts Run Free
The second new signing of the Fernandes/Bhatia era has been announced and its yet another former England International, Luke Young.
Young joins the R's from Aston Villa for a fee believed to be rising up to £2 million.
Luke Young started his career at Spurs in 1997 and made his name as a full back but never managed to hold down a regular first team slot. He made 58 appearances before moving to Charlton for £4 million in 2001.
Young was very popular at the Addicks and established himself as one of the best right backs in the country. In 2005 Young won the first of 7 England caps.
In 2007 following Charlton's relegation from the Premiership Young moved to pastures new and to one of the most northern clubs, Middlesbrough. Young cost Boro £2.5 million and signed a four year contract. However after just a season in the North-East, Young was on the move again, this time to Aston Villa for a fee rising up to £6 million and signing a three year deal in 2008.
Young has made 73 appearances for Villa but fell out of favour under Martin O'Neill and in 2010 Liverpool and Villa agreed a £2.5 million fee but Young turned the move down stating that he had more chance playing for Villa and would only be a back up for the Scousers.
Young told the Official QPR website :-
"I am ready for a new challenge," he said. "There are big things that are going to happen at this Football Club and I am really pleased to be a part of it.
"Myself and Joey signing here shows the intent of the Club.
"I am really looking forward to getting started and pulling on the blue and white shirt."
Young brings a wealth of experience and will be yet another fantastic addition to the squad and further strengthen our back line. To be able to sign a player of this calibre just shows the ambition that the new regime have and really want to establish ourselves as a Premier League club and bringing in these types of players makes the start of this journey even more exciting!
Welcome to QPR Luke, we wish you every success during your time here at Loftus Road.