Newly promoted Queens Park Rangers have confirmed that Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer have signed for the club. Both players are England internationals, and join the London outfit on free transfers after their contracts (at Cardiff City and West Ham, respectivly) ended in June.
Bothroyd was a key part of Cardiff’s rise to the playoffs, but was not offered a new deal after the Bluebirds failed to make it to the Premier League. Having been released, the 29-year-old had a number of options, but was impressed by manager Neil Warnock’s dedication to getting his signature.
“I spoke to the manager and he told me how much he wanted me. He convinced me that this was the right place to be. He told me the direction that he wants to go in and the way he wants to play. I think this club is heading in the right direction and has got a lot of ambition,” the striker told the team’s official website.
The former Coventry frontman is also keen to test himself in the Premier League and can’t wait to get started with his new team.
“I want to be playing against the best players in the world. I got a taste of that when I joined up with the England squad, and hopefully I can do well for QPR and get back into the squad.
“People say that I’m a ‘one-cap wonder’ and I want to get that second cap to put that to bed. You want to play at the highest level and the only way to do that is by producing for your club week in, week out. That’s what I’m looking to do,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the addition of Dyer may be viewed as something of a risk given the 32-year-old’s injury concerns at West Ham, but Warnock feels it is a risk worth taking.
“As far as I’m concerned it’s a gamble worth taking. He really impressed me in training and it looks like he has been working hard on his fitness throughout the summer. He has a lot of experience and is desperate to play in the Premier League again. I like the hunger he’s got and he wants to prove a point. I really appreciate his commitment,” the former Sheffield United coach told the London Evening Standard.