Hill keen to sign new QPR contract

Clint Hill says he is ready to sign a new deal at QPR even if it means he plays less first-team football.

The Rangers skipper, whose contract expires this summer, is currently on holiday with his family and expects his future to be resolved soon after his return to England.

In previous seasons Hill, 35, was only content to stay if he was likely to play regularly – he joined Nottingham Forest on loan after losing his place in 2011 – but now his priority is landing a coaching role at Loftus Road.

“Before, I was 33 and I needed games. I’ve now played 150 games for QPR and I never thought I’d do that,” Hill told West London Sport.

“I’m at that age now where it’s got to be about the future. I’ve been a first-team regular for 20-plus years and you get to the stage in your career where you think maybe that will change now.

Rangers' Wembley triumph secured another chance in the top flight.
QPR’s Wembley triumph was Hill’s 150th game for the club.

“If players come in here with the right attitude and mentality and want to play for the club then happy days – I’ll stand back and applaud them.

“It’s all about the future of the club and it progressing. If I can do something in the background to help with that then I will.”

The play-off triumph against Derby, which took QPR back to the Premier League, was Hill’s 150th appearance for the club.

Signed from Crystal Palace in 2010, the veteran defender is one of a handful of players to have been promoted to the top flight with Rangers twice.

And he became only the second R’s captain to lift a trophy at Wembley, emulating 1967 League Cup-winning skipper Mike Keen.

“It was a fairytale and something I didn’t think would ever happen to me,” said Hill.

“The play-off final was my 150th game for QPR and if that game turns out to be my last, then I really can’t complain.

“If I do walk away from this club I can do so knowing that as a group of lads we did our job, which was to get the club back to where it should be.”

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