Queens Park Rangers unveiled ex-Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand yesterday as their new signing, with the football personality posting a video on his 5mag website detailing the experience.
It gives an amazing behind the scenes look at what happens when any player completes a transfer, from the early start and arduous medical, to signing the contract and being presented by the club...It's certainly a long day.
But the former England international seemed elated to be completing his move and expressed his delight at being reunited with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR.
“I started with him, he was my first manager, he gave me my debut to play in the Premier League for West Ham, I had great times with him there and hopefully we can replicate the times of West Ham here at QPR.
“I have had loads of offers from abroad, with loads more money and a sunnier climate, but playing for Harry is just the fairytale ending.”
Ferdinand, 35, who recently returned from a bout of punditry at this summer’s World Cup with top Match of the Day presenters Gary Lineker and Alan Hansen on the BBC, showcased his usual lively and jokey personality during the day, even making light of the medical, asking the physio, “Have you done this before?”
And the centre-back exclaimed he had been talking with his new punditry mates, with them telling him to carry on playing for as long as possible as they have all experienced what he is going through.
“Shearer, Lineker, Hansen, Vieira, Seedorf, all these guys are saying just keep playing until you almost drop because you will regret it once you have retired and that kept playing on my mind.”
The legendary player enjoyed a stunning career at Manchester United, making an outstanding 455 appearances in all competitions and winning an incredible 16 trophies for the club, but this new chapter will be a little different for him as he explains.
“This season’s all about staying up, it’s a different mentality and mind set, I’ve always played to win trophies in the last 12 years for Man United, everything was about winning trophies.
“This is going to be about staying in the Premier League, so it’s a new challenge, I’m excited by it, I’m happy, I can’t wait.”
The new signing is not the first in his family to grace the field at Loftus Road, as his brother Anton and and cousin Les Ferdinand have both played for The R’s. Ferdinand showed his joy in following in their footsteps and making the last step in his career in the video.
“It runs in the family, Les first, well me first actually as a kid when I was 13. Then Les playing for the first team, then Anton, I’m really happy.
“Signed, sealed delivered, contracts done, medicals done. I’m more than happy and delighted I’m a QPR player now.”
QPR have a big challenge on their hands this season and a good start to the first few games is vital. Ferdinand expressed his eagerness to get started with the club and rack up his first points as a Queens Park Rangers player.
“Can't wait to get into training tomorrow and meet the lads, start pre-season and get fit ready for game one, Hull City at home at Loftus Road. Getting three points on the board hopefully and then we can keep going. Man United is game four at Old Trafford, so we’ll see.
“It’s been a good day, finally finished, I can go and have a nice sleep and get ready for pre-season tomorrow.”