Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers side have been handed a huge boost ahead of next season’s Championship campaign after the club announced they have landed their first summer signing.
According to a statement posted on the QPR website, the club have completed the signing of Hull City centre-back Jordy de Wijs on a permanent deal after the defender impressed during a loan spell at the club last term.
Following the confirmation, Warburton said: “I’m delighted that Jordy has joined us permanently. Every time he plays, he’s Ronseal because he does exactly what it says on the tin – he heads it, he kicks it and he can play.
“He’s a physical presence who enjoys defending. But he’s also a very good, technical player as well. He drives into midfield, is comfortable on the ball and there is pace and purpose to what he does. His quality in both boxes is evident.
“I’m delighted that the work’s been done by everyone at the club to secure Jordy. I’m really looking forward to working with him again moving forward.”
Warburton’s delight at landing the 26-year-old on a permanent basis is easily understandable, as, since arriving at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on a temporary deal back in January, the £1.08m-rated defender has been in remarkable form for the Rs.
Over his nine Championship appearances for the Hoops, the former Netherlands U21 international made an average of 1.3 interceptions, one tackle and a whopping 5.1 clearances per game, as well as scoring one goal and helping his side keep one clean sheet, culminating in a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.19 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the second tier.
Indeed, since his arrival in west London, Warburton’s side have seen a marked improvement in form, with the Rs picking up a whopping 47 points since the turn of the year – just six points fewer than league champions Norwich City.
As such, the news that Amit Bhatia has secured the signing of the £7.1k-per-week star on a three-year deal would appear to be a rather significant boost to QPR’s chances of mounting a promotion push next season, something which has Warburton feeling over the moon with glee – as it appears things are very much on the up for the Hoops at present.