Cook seeks Hoops exit
Midfielder Lee Cook is poised to leave QPR once the loan window re-opens with League One outfit Leyton Orient his likely destination.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 06/02/12 5:32pm
Midfielder Lee Cook is poised t to leave QPR once the loan window re-opens with League One outfit Leyton Orient his likely destination.
The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impression at Loftus Road since returning from a long-term knee injury 13 months ago, making just two appearances for the club since.
However, the winger did enjoy a two-month loan spell at the Matchroom Stadium and, after failing to make the Hoops' 25-man Premier League squad last week, he is hopeful of gaining some first-team football elsewhere.
Cook told Sky Sports: "I'm disappointed not to make the 25, but at the same time it was always going to be difficult to break into it as I only had a week to impress in training after I got back from Orient.
"That loan move kind of killed me in terms of my future at QPR and I never really got a real crack at it under (Neil) Warnock.
"I didn't have enough game time under my belt because it has been a year since I returned from injury now and I was simply left out in the cold by Warnock.
"There were players getting in ahead of me that he had no intention of playing really and when I got back from Orient the gaffer completely blanked me, yet Keith Curle and Mick Jones were very interested in how I got on and how I was doing.
"That kind of summed it up for me and from day one he didn't really want to give me a go.
"I had a terrible year when I came back from injury because I feel that at other clubs the players returning from injury are treated with a lot more respect.
"I was simply sent to train with the reserves and treated like a leper, so Warnock seemed to have a problem with me from the off.
"I was on loan till 23rd January, so it was always going to be difficult for me to come back and break into the 25 in the space of a week, but the other lads got a head start on me because they had been playing regularly under Warnock."
Although Cook was aware that he could not make much of an impression in under a week, he revealed the impact new manager Mark Hughes has had on the Rangers squad.
"That week was great to be fair and the club is a completely different one under Hughes, with the training tempo increased and I believe that the club will be very successful under him now," he said.
"The loan window re-opens on Wednesday and hopefully I can pick up where I left off at Orient when I join a new club because I was enjoying my football again and then we'll see what happens in the summer."
Cook, who scored once in ten appearances for Orient, admitted that returning to the club could be the best option for him.
He added: "I spoke to Russell (Slade) last week and I always had a good relationship with the gaffer whilst I was there, so we'll definitely discuss things, but there are a few League One clubs interested too.
"They've got a great set-up down there and the manager obviously knows my style and how I like to play, so it could be beneficial for me to go back to Orient till the end of the season."