Speculation is over - now it’s back to the race for promotion

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With the transfer window closing on Wednesday night, Neil Warnock managed to secure a couple sensible bargains to bolster up his already impressive squad.

Recently he managed to secure Hogan Ephraim to play at Loftus Road until 2012. The 22-year-old seems to have caught the eye of the manager and will be a great asset in the future.

Rob Hulse – striker extraordinaire - is an excellent addition.

Rob started at Crewe Alexandra having been in the youth squad since the tender age of nine years old. He scored 45 goals in 116 appearances over three and a bit years. His hard work rate made him a cult hero with the Alex.

He was loaned out to Leeds in 2005 where he scored six goals in 13 games, and United finally signed him. In his next season he managed to bag 12 goals. He also earned himself a name for a hard nosed striker who chased dead balls and went in hard every time.

The last two seasons he spent at Derby County where - despite being plagued by injury - he hit 31 goals in 96 games.

A fit Rob Hulse is a dangerous man at, still aged only 31, snapping him up is quite a feat by the Hoops manager.

Warnock also managed to nip Tommy Smith (seven months younger than Rob Hulse) from failing club Portsmouth. The striker - originally from Hemel Hempstead - didn’t really get much of a look in at Portsmouth; scoring only once in 18 games.

Previously with Watford he was much more prolific, scoring 27 goals in 124 appearances.

Warnock has given him a chance in a very strong, confident team which should surely bring out his best. He will have a flamboyant and skilful midfield feeding him constantly, so Tommy has a real chance to provide the goods when needed.

Hopefully the Hoops can interchange the current and new strikers - finally offering depth in squad. And, despite already having some good defenders, the Hoops boss could maybe do with one more midfielder.

QPR are looking more like a Premier League outfit, so building for the future now is a very good idea.

Fortune seems to be riding with the Hoops after scoring two injury time goals last week to secure their 100 per cent league record. Now the transfer speculation is over and it’s down to game playing again.

The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.

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