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Ferdinand thanks Bruce

QPR defender looks towards brighter future

Last Updated: 15/09/11 5:54pm

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Ferdinand: Glad to have signed for QPR on transfer deadline day

Ferdinand: Glad to have signed for QPR on transfer deadline day

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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."

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