QPR snaps up Johnson and Nelsen

QPR snaps up Johnson and Nelsen

Published Jun. 18, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

QPR manager Mark Hughes continued his rebuilding plans for next season with the double signing of striker Andrew Johnson and defender Ryan Nelsen on free transfers.

Hughes worked with former England frontman Johnson, 31, during their time at Fulham, while Nelsen played under the Welshman during his seven years at Blackburn.

He will sign on at Loftus Road following the end of his contract at Tottenham.

Johnson feels he is joining Rangers at an exciting time, the west-London club having secured another season in the top flight on the final day, despite a last-gasp defeat at champions Manchester City.


"I have worked closely with Mark before and there are also players here that I have played with previously, including Bobby Zamora and Shaun Derry," Johnson told www.qpr.co.uk.

"Those were factors in me joining, but this is a big, big club.

"I have spoken to the chairman and Mark, who both have great ambition for QPR, and it is something that I wanted to be a part of.

"Mark told me about the plans for a new training ground and how the club wants to go forward. That really excited me."