Clint Hill says a return to QPR failed to materialise because the club could not guarantee him regular first-team football.
The experienced defender, who became a fans’ favourite during his six years at Loftus Road, was available after leaving Glasgow Rangers last summer.
He explained: “QPR is very close to my heart, it’s a special place for me. I spent six years there and had some good times and bad times.
“I was more than interested in playing for them again, but the indications were that I wouldn’t have played every week.
“I wanted to keep playing and I’d sold my house down there when we moved to Glasgow, so I didn’t feel I could justify it.”
Ironically, the R’s have since been beset by defensive injuries that would probably have ensured Hill a regular place in the team.
However, the 39-year-old, who has since joined League Two side Carlisle until the end of the season, has not ruled out returning to QPR in the future.
He added: “The timing wasn’t right. But I think maybe further down the line we could do something coaching-wise.”