Hill heading for summer exit
Clint Hill has accepted the fact that the 2011/12 campaign will be his last as a QPR player, with the club having decided against offering him fresh terms.
Last Updated: 08/02/12 12:52pm
Clint Hill has accepted the fact that the 2011/12 campaign will be his last as a Queens Park Rangers player, with the club having decided against offering him fresh terms.
The experienced defender will see his current deal at Loftus Road expire at the end of the season, and he will not be getting an extension.
Former manager Neil Warnock was keen to retain Hill's services, but new boss Mark Hughes is looking to take the club in a different direction.
He was able to land Nigeria international Taye Taiwo on loan during the January transfer window, forcing Hill further down the pecking order.
The 33-year-old has been named as part of QPR's 25-man Premier League squad for the remainder of the season, but he is resigned to the fact that he is edging towards the exits.
"I think when you get knocked back for a new contract like that you pretty much know where you stand," Hill told West London Sport.
"I'll give my all if I'm called upon and then will hopefully get fixed up at the end of the season."
Hughes is reluctant to part with any of his fringe players between now and the end of the season, with QPR looking to preserve their Premier League status, so Hill, who took in a loan spell with Nottingham Forest earlier in the campaign, knows he must sit tight until the summer before starting his search for a new club.
He added: "I can completely see where he's coming from. A manager in his position will often want to call upon an experienced player if he needs to.
"The manager's spoken to me and has been top class. I just think the club's now heading in a different direction."