Anton was happy at Black Cats

Defender now looking forward to a new challenge at QPR

Last Updated: 07/09/11 3:02pm

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Anton Ferdinand has revealed he was enjoying his football at Sunderland prior to joining Queens Park Rangers before the close of the transfer window.

The defender had started all four of Sunderland's games this season, only to be given permission to discuss a move to Loftus Road last week.

He agreed a three-year contract with the Premier League new boys and the former West Ham United youngster is looking forward to playing for a London club again.

However, the 26-year-old admits he was not looking to leave Sunderland and was surprised to learn he was no longer in Steve Bruce's plans at the Stadium of Light.


According to, Ferdinand said: "I was enjoying my football and loved every minute I played at Sunderland.

"It wasn't a case of me wanting to leave but when a club tells you they want you to talk to another club, that kind of makes your mind up for you a little bit.

"It tells you that you're not really in their plans. So I met Rangers and he (Warnock) spoke to me about me as a player.

"He wants me to enjoy my football, to do the best I can. He can see potential in me and sees himself as the manager that can get that potential out of me. It was nice to hear.

"I'm back in London playing at a club where it's exciting times."

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