Ferdinand thanks Bruce
QPR defender looks towards brighter future
Last Updated: 15/09/11 5:54pm
Ferdinand: Glad to have signed for QPR on transfer deadline day
Queens Park Rangers' summer signing Anton Ferdinand is glad to have returned to London and also thanks Sunderland manager Steve Bruce for turning him "from a boy into a man".
Ferdinand had been involved in several bust-ups with Bruce during the two years the duo worked together at the Stadium of Light.
However, the 26-year-old appeared to have settled all differences with Bruce when he started the 2011-12 campaign as a first-choice defender but was still sold to QPR on transfer deadline day.
Ferdinand, though, has no regret over joining the Premier League newcomers and explained: "The last two years have been full of ups and downs, as everyone knows, with the manager at Sunderland.
"In some ways I have to thank him because he's turned me from a boy into a man. Coming back to London, it's a new me. I feel different to how I was when I left London four years ago, and I'm here to enjoy my football."
"I feel I haven't had the chance to prove my potential in the last couple of years," the Englishman further enthused. "That's a chapter that's closed in my book now and there's a new chapter open.
"Hopefully, I will get the opportunity to do it and, if I do, then I'm confident in my ability that I'll show people that I'm not just someone with potential, but someone who can carry out their potential."