Former England international Rio Ferdinand was officially unveiled at QPR yesterday and immediately told of his delight at linking up with his former manager Harry Redknapp in what will be one final challenge in his playing career.
One year deal
The 35-year old, one of the outstanding defenders of his generation, signed a one-year deal with the London club after a trophy laden 12-year career with Manchester United that saw the defender win six Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups and a UEFA Champions League trophy.
Ferdinand found himself surplus to requirements at Old Trafford with wholesale managerial and player changes taking place at the club this summer, although it is thought that had his former team-mate Ryan Giggs have remained at the helm, he could very well have extended his contract for a further year.
Quality and experience
During his time with England, the 81-cap international was also recognised on three-occasions by FIFA, when named in their World Cup squad, a personal accolade that showcases the true quality and experience that QPR and Harry Redknapp have acquired for the new Premier League season.
Ferdinand returns to the club where his ambitions began all those years ago, however more poignantly, he links up with the first Premier League manager he played under when his professional career began almost 20-years ago at West Ham United.
Ferdinand spent four-years playing under the popular Redknapp at West Ham and was clearly delighted to link up with him again, despite receiving more lucrative offers from around the world.
"Various offers from different places in the world. My agent spoke to them and went and met loads of different managers and various people, but when Harry [Redknapp] made the call, it was easy for me.
"I started under him as a young player at West Ham and to finish my career playing underneath him again is a fairytale finish.
"It's a different proposition now [from playing for Manchester United] from what I've been used to but it's a great challenge that I'm looking forward to," the former international told the attending media.
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The 35-year old continues what has become a family affiliation with QPR after his brother Anton, spent two years with the club from 2011-2013, while cousin and former England striker Les Ferdinand, who is still regarded very much as a legend at the club, enjoyed an eight-year stint that saw him score 80-goals in 163-appearances.