Warnock - Rs ready to roll
QPR boss Neil Warnock is confident his players will be ready for the rigours of the new season.
Last Updated: 11/08/11 10:26am
QPR boss Neil Warnock is confident his players will be ready for the rigours of the new Premier League season.
The Loftus Road club are due to kick-off their top-flight campaign at home to Bolton on Saturday, provided the fixture is given the green light following several days of rioting in the capital and elsewhere in England.
A trip to Everton is next on the agenda before a visit to Wigan as last season's Championship winners get used to life back among the elite.
And experienced manager Warnock believes the Rs will be well-drilled for the new campaign having been put through their paces in recent weeks.
"I certainly don't think any team will be fitter than us this season," Warnock told The Independent.
"I always tell the players results (in pre-season) are not important, it's about fitness and getting used to playing together.
"We train every day when we go away, even when we have matches, so it is quite intensive, but at Duchy College the lads can relax by playing golf, while in Italy we got some sunshine on our backs.
"We then come back to our training ground and from about seven to nine days before the season starts we focus on team shape, bedding in new signings.
"I need them to know how I want them to play and especially how to play with Adel (Taarabt)."
One of Warnock's new signings, Jay Bothroyd, has vowed to make his mark in the top flight following his summer switch from Cardiff, where he earned international recognition with England.
The well-travelled forward, who started his career with Arsenal before stints with Coventry, Perugia, Blackburn, Charlton, Wolves and Stoke, believes he has turned his career around in recent years.
Bothroyd told the Daily Mail: "At Wolves, I didn't enjoy going to training. People say 'how can you not enjoy playing football?'
"But it's like someone who feels they are in a dead-end job and dreads going into the office every day.
"So I went to Cardiff and knew I had to make myself indispensable. I did that and I really enjoyed it. It was a special time for me at Cardiff. But now I've got a different mind-set from when I last played in the Premier League.
"I've gone full circle and it really is full circle. If you had said to me five years ago I would be playing for England, then I wouldn't be agreeing with you, put it that way."