Shaun Derry says he can’t wait to play with both Adel Taarabt and Joey Barton on Monday night, with Barton getting ready to take on his old club in what will be a fiery encounter.

Barton was a shock coup for Neil Warnock, with the midfielder having previously expressed a desire to stay at Newcastle, despite the Toon refusing him a contract extension.

But on the last weekend of the transfer window, Barton made the decision to head to west London on a four year deal.

And Derry says that the dressing room with be particularly entertaining now the controversial 29-year-old is on board.

"I'm going to buy some popcorn and watch the movie unravel, because I'm sure there's going to be fireworks — like there is in any dressing room,” Derry said.

"A lot of people are going to make so much of this Barton and Taarabt situation, but we're hopeful it can blossom and there's an understanding there."


 

With Barton now a QPR player, competition for the midfield places will be even stronger, but Derry believes this will only make the squad better as players work hard to stand up and be counted by Warnock.

He explained: "As soon as the season ended, the manager was very honest with me.

"He told me he would be getting more players in my position. Joey's come in and, if it's Joey in that position, that's the game.

"I'm not going to moan about it because I love my job." The Hoops will be looking to comeback against Newcastle after their 2-0 loss to Wigan the other week and establish themselves as Barclays Premier League stayers.

The game will be particularly interesting to see how Barton and deadline day signing Shaun Wright-Phillips fit into the squad, and also how Barton copes with facing his old teammates.

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