Queens Park Rangers' new signing Kieron Dyer was persuaded to join the Loftus Road revolution despite offers from other Barclays Premier League clubs as he looks to put a ‘nightmare’ few, injury-plagued years behind him.
The former England midfielder, who signed for QPR after his contract at West Ham expired, started just 16 games in four seasons at Upton Park because of ongoing injury problems, but aims to prove that Neil Warnock’s gamble on his future fitness was one worth taking.
The 32-year-old is confident his injury problems are behind him now and he says: “I had a few offers from other Premier League clubs and abroad but when I spoke to the manager he sold the club to me and his visions for the future and I wanted to be a part of that. Hopefully a new environment will bring a bit of fresh fortune as well."
Dyer suffered a double leg fracture in his debut season for West Ham in 2007 that forced him to miss the following 17 months. Dyer couldn't escape niggling hamstring injuries shortly after his return in early 2009.
But despite his injury-plagued previous four years, Dyer is confident of staying healthy at QPR and confident he and the club have what it takes to secure a second season in the Barclays Premier League. "The last few years have been a nightmare because all you want to do is play football and what made it worse last season was we got relegated.
"It wasn't like I had a knee problem or a serious bone problem. It was just soft tissues and they heal so it was never a case I might have to finish my career. If I was on the pitch I think I could have helped West Ham stay in the Premier League.
"I have been in the Premier League since 1999. I have had over a decade of Premier League experience so hopefully I can bring that and help the players who have not been here before."