Mother knows best for DJ

Campbell, 29, realised a lifelong ambition on Thursday when he

sealed his move from Blackpool, signing a two-year contract. The

striker spent his formative years with Rangers and, even though he

left aged 16, his mother believed he would one day return as a

professional. “My mum always said to me that I’d be back here one

day,” Campbell told the club’s official website. “I used to sit up

in the stands. They were great times – I loved coming down here to

watch QPR.” Campbell, who cost the Rs a reported £1.25million,

added: “I’d really brushed off the chance of ever coming back here

to be honest, but maybe it was meant to be. “I remember back in the

day watching Les (Ferdinand) and others, heroes of mine, and now

I’m back here playing for the club I love. “It feels like a dream

to be honest.” Campbell confirmed he had snubbed interest from

other clubs in the Barclays Premier League to become manager Neil

Warnock’s fourth summer signing. There had been fears Aston Villa

or West Ham would hijack the transfer, but Campbell insisted there

was only one club for him. “I grew up around here and QPR have

played a massive part in my life,” he said. “This was my first

club, from six to 16, so to finally be back here at the age of 29

is really special.” The former Birmingham and Leicester striker

added: “There were other clubs in the Premier League that showed an

interest but when I heard QPR were in for me it was an offer I

couldn’t refuse – this is my club.” QPR had a bid for Campbell

accepted a week ago, reportedly triggering a release clause in his

Blackpool contract, which had a year left to run with the option of

a further 12 months. Neil Warnock said of his new number nine: “He

is a QPR fan and you can tell he has a great desire to do well for

the club he supports. “That shone through when I met up with him –

he can’t wait to play for us. “He also gives us that extra element

of pace which we need and I am sure he will prove to be a big hit

with the fans at Loftus Road this season.”