Cook eyes top flight dream
Lee Cook has revealed that helping Queens Park Rangers reach the Premier League will be a dream come true.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 20/02/11 10:56pm
QPR winger Lee Cook has revealed that helping his home-town club reach the Premier League will be a dream come true.
The Hammersmith-born man returned to Loftus Road for his second spell with the club he has supported since childhood in 2009, but a poor away record cost them last season on their quest for promotion.
However, this season has seen the Hoops lead the way in the Championship since day one and the 28-year-old, who is set to go out on loan next week to regain match fitness, admits excitement is growing around the club that they can seal a return to the top flight.
"I've got loads friends that are Hoops fans and there is a lot of excitement around the place that we can go on and finish the job of this year," Cook told skysports.com.
"We've got a great squad here and the three new lads have blended in really well, so hopefully we can push on now and finish what we've started.
"There is a little chasing pack of three clubs just behind us, but if we can keep that little gap going then we can hopefully see them off.
"Everyone around the club is excited about it, even the people who have worked at the club for years.
"Everyone wants to work at a Premier League club and to gain promotion this year would be good for not only us but the top flight as well because everyone wants to see the big games at Loftus Road again.
"West London has been waiting for the likes of Spurs and West Ham to come back here for far too long now."
The Hoops are hoping to end their 15-year exile from the top flight, a period which has seen 16 different managers try and ultimately fail to deliver, but Cook insists that the arrival of Neil Warnock has been the missing piece in their promotion jigsaw.
"The board have stuck with a manager and given him their full support, which has been the catalyst for our success because before that we had something like eight different managers in the space of two years," he added.
"It was never going to work with that lack of stability to work from, so what they've done is bring Neil in and give him their backing to do the business.
"We've always had a good group of players here and a number of teams came here last season and said that we were the best team they had played, but we lacked that consistency, especially at the back.
"The whole club is just working together now with one cause spurring us on."