With the news Karl Henry is expected to be named a QPR player later today, I believe this is a step in the right direction for the west London side, who are in desperate need of a bit of bite and experience to their midfield.

Henry, 30, is in London for a medical today and Harry Redknapp  had this to say about the midfield enforcer when talking to the Evening Standard earlier on.

“I’ve always liked Karl,” said the QPR manager. “He’s a good sort, he’s a competitor. He looks like he wants to win.

“He’s captain of Wolves and whenever I came up against him he always had that attitude about him that he’s very determined. I think he is what we need at the club.

“He’s a bit of a leader on the pitch and he will be a big asset for us. He is having a medical and it should go through today.”

With Shaun Derry on the wrong side of 35, and the likes of Stephane Mbia, Samba Diakite and Esteban Granero expected to leave the club, Henry would prove to be a solid addition to the Rangers squad.

Noted, Henry wasn't particularly impressive as Wolves fell through the trapdoor to the third tier of English football after a miserable season in the Championship last term.

But the term "form is temporary, class is permanent", is one which typifies Henry.

It's not that long ago he was linked with Premier League teams when he was playing for Wolves.

I remember a few years ago when QPR signed the likes of Clint Hill and Shaun Derry - experienced Championship players -  but at the time many Crystal Palace fans (the club they left) and QPR fans called the pair "past it", "not good enough" and so on. 

These two were virtually ever-present as QPR won the Championship in 2011 making a return to the Premier League for the first time in 15 years. 

Clint Hill in particular has become a cult hero at Loftus Road. He was one of QPR's best player's last season in the Premier League, which admittedly wasn't hard considering the shambles the team were, but the fact he has been Player of the Year two years running does say a lot in my opinion.

Harry Redknapp is trying his best to get the right balance in the team and he thinks Henry will inject much-needed experience and a mentality to win - and I fully agree with him.

I haven't agreed with Redknapp on a number of occasions in the past but I believe he is spot-on in this instance.

Down at W12 the high-profile signings over the last few years including the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips, Jose Bosingwa, Park Ji-Sung and Junior Hoilett have promised so much - but largely flattered to deceive.

Then you get the likes of Hill, Derry and Ryan Nelsen. Players who were written off before they had even begun playing for the club. In the case of the latter, the QPR defence fell apart when he left the club in January to take up a managerial role at Toronto FC.

So give Henry a chance. Yes, he may be over 30 and will add to the squad's list of ageing players, but he has got a few years left in him yet.

He will give 100% every game, have a will to win, and will have a huge part to play in Redknapp's plans next season.

So get behind him QPR fans, he's no Scott Parker noted, but you aren't a Premier League side, you're a Championship side and some people need to realise that and have a reality check.

 

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