Waddock creates a new era
By Phil Jackson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
QPR caretaker boss Gary Waddock has culled some 15 players from his squad.
Queens Park Rangers caretaker boss Gary Waddock has culled some 15 players from his squad in his attempt to create a new era at Loftus Road.
Georges Santos, Richard Langley, Sammy Youssouf, Marcin Kus, Ryan Johnson and Luke Townsend will not be offered new deals by the club.
Stefan Moore, Tommy Doherty, Ian Evatt, Ugo Ukah, Marcus Bignot, Steve Lomas, Matthew Hislop and Marc Bircham have all been placed on the transfer list by the coach.
"Undoubtedly this is the part of management that no-one in charge of a football club ever wants to do," Waddock told the club's official website.
"But these decisions have to be made for the sake of the club as a whole.
"After the summer, I want this to be a new era, not just a new season and I have to start planning for that now.
"I felt that those who I have released don't fit in with my plans for next season, but I would like to thank them for their efforts and hard work throughout their time at QPR," he said.
Meanwhile young goalkeeper Jake Cole has signed a contract to keep him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2008.
The 20-year-old (pictured), who joined The Hoops as a 10-year-old, capped the deal with a stunning performance against Reading at The Madejski Stadium.
He came on for the injured Paul Jones in The Rs' 2-1 defeat and was unfortunate to concede a late controversial penalty against the champions.
Rangers finished the league fourth-bottom, just eight points above the relegation zone and will be looking to improve for the next campaign.