Warnock looking to new signings

The west Londoners returned to the top flight after a 15-year
absence this summer but their form has been indifferent, winning at
Everton but losing to Bolton and Wigan. However, QPR look a
different proposition heading into Monday night’s home clash with
Newcastle and have six new signings looking to make their debuts.
Warnock brought in the players after Tony Fernandes’ recent
takeover and believes it can help the R’s stave off relegation back
to the Championship. “The whole of training has been lifted,” he
said. “Just having people around has made things 50 or 60% higher
intensity and everything. “Just watching from the sideline you can
see what these players have brought to the club. “It is just the
next step. I think it is a natural step to bring in some quality
players into an already good squad and I think it just lifts you.
“Whether it is journalism or whatever, if you get competition in
alongside you it makes you want to be better and my players have
had the same response.” Rangers’ standout signing was that of Joey
Barton, who looks set to make his debut against former club
Newcastle on Monday evening. The 28-year-old was in the final year
of his contract at St James’ Park and was made available for a free
transfer after criticising the club’s recruitment policy via his
Twitter account. Warnock admits Barton’s signature was quite a coup
for the newly-promoted side and thinks he is capable of playing for
a top-four club. “I thought London might just tempt Joey,” he
added. “I know he is very articulate with his tweets and I know he
likes museums and oil paintings so I thought it might just tempt
him and his partner. “I think she wanted to come down as well so
that was always thought at the back [of my mind]. “Listen,
everybody always talks about Joey’s baggage and I think if you look
at myself, we have all said and done things in the past that we
probably regret later on. “But if you look at what Joey has got to
offer, if he didn’t have a little bit of baggage then I am sure
Queens Park Rangers couldn’t be signing him. “I think he would be
at a top four club without a shadow of a doubt. “You can’t tell me
he wouldn’t enhance at least three of the top four clubs because I
think he would.”