Borysiuk didn’t get a chance last season – Holloway

Ian Holloway has admitted Ariel Borysiuk was hardly given a chance before being shipped out on loan last season.

West London Sport revealed in January that the Polish midfielder was on his way out after failing to impress Holloway, who had recently taken over as manager.

Reports elsewhere claimed Borysiuk, who only arrived from Legia Warsaw last year, was homesick.

But Holloway had decided the player was not what he was looking for – and Borysiuk ended last term on loan at Lechia Gdańsk.

Rangers have since looked to arrange a permanent move for the 26-year-old, but Holloway decided he wanted to keep him after Borysiuk impressed during pre-season.

And Holloway has now conceded that Borysiuk did not previously get much of an opportunity to show what he can do.

He said: “I’ve got Borysiuk back and he’s like a new signing for me. He’s fitter and healthier than he was last year. That’s a Polish international.

“I’m delighted with how he’s showing me how he wants to play for us. I didn’t really give him that chance last year, did I?”

Meanwhile, Holloway says Steven Caulker is “in a fantastic place” after returning to training and is also like a new signing for the R’s.