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QPR must swoop for James Collins with season at stake

QPR must swoop for James Collins with season at stake

According to The Bristol Post, former West Ham defender, and free agent, James Collins was at Loftus Road on Tuesday, fuelling speculation that the Welshman may be teaming up with Steve McClaren. 

QPR have had a disastrous start to their Championship campaign, already shipping 13 goals in just four games, and desperately need some defensive solidity.

Collins (valued at 900k on Transfermarkt.co.uk) has over 200 Premier League appearances to his name and over 50 Wales caps, meaning he will bring the experience that McClaren will be seeking, after his defence has looked all at sea in their opening fixtures.

Alongside the news that former Swansea right-back Àngel Rangel has joined QPR, The Rs are developing the semblance of a solid defence. Fans at Loftus Road will hope that the addition of those two players will provide a backbone to the team.

Both at the age of 35, neither Collins or Rangel are signings for the future. The chances are that they will only spend one season with The Hoops, but it is a season that could be monumental for the future of the club.

QPR host newly promoted Wigan tomorrow, with Rangel possibly in line to make a start. With the Collins deal not confirmed, it would obviously be too early to see an appearance by the Welshman, but the League Cup fixture midweek may be a good place.

Currently sitting at the bottom of the Championship table without a win, Steve McClaren will know that his job is at risk if results don’t improve dramatically. Securing the signature of Collins would be a step in the direction of recovery.

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