Kieron Dyer has received a warm welcome and a vote of confidence from new QPR teammate Peter Ramage who is not concerned about the England international's injury-plagued recent past claiming that, at 32, he will still be a great asset to the club.

For three seasons, the two players were colleagues at Newcastle where Dyer scored 23 goals in 190 appearances, and the two were reunited in a victorious friendly against League Two side Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday.

Ramage is confident that Hoops boss Neil Warnock has made a great decision in bringing Dyer to Loftus Road. "If Kieron stays fit, he is an unbelievable talent," said the 27-year- old. "He should have far more England caps than he currently does.

"He's been unlucky with injuries. I played with him at Newcastle and he's a great player - I can't speak highly enough of him as a man. He was really good to me when I came through the ranks at Newcastle, and it's good to have him on board.

"He's Premier League quality and has played hundreds of games in the top-flight. If we can keep him fit and on the pitch then he'll be a great asset to this club."


Despite only winning 1-0 against the Pilgrims, Ramage, who was a half time substitute, said that the south west London club are on track.

"We're getting there. It's been tough so far, very physical and demanding. But each day we're getting better and stronger and hopefully, by August 13th, we'll be fit and raring to go.

"Results aren't too important in pre-season but it is always nice to get a win. You've got to get into that winning mentality, whether that's against Tavistock, Plymouth or whoever, as it breeds confidence, as well."

Ramage, who missed much of last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury, added: "I want to get as much game time under my belt as possible from now until the start of the season.

"Hopefully I'll get a chance to show the manager what I can do in my preferred position of centre half, but wherever I play I'll always try to give 100 per cent."

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