Hill ready to prove his worth

  • Last Updated: July 12 2012, 15:30 BST

QPR's Clint Hill knows he has to prove his worth once again despite being the club's reigning player of the year.

Hill: Ready for pre-season

The 33-year-old joined the west Londoners from Crystal Palace in 2010 and helped them to the Championship crown in his first season.

Last year he was deemed surplus to requirements and farmed out on loan to Nottingham Forest, but returned to establish himself in the starting line-up as QPR staved off relegation.

Hill was awarded the club's player of the year by both fans and team-mates for those performances, but knows he will not be able to just walk into the Hoops' defence this season, especially given the new additions being made.

"You're always looking and thinking 'oh right, he has come into replace me'," he said.

"I am one of these people that thinks it is a clean slate. Last season has gone now and I've got to prove myself again.

"I'll come in, work hard from the start, give 100% and hopefully that will be enough.

"I mean, it has been a good two years.

"Last year was a bit up and down in terms of me going away on loan and not really knowing where I was going to end up.

"But it finished on a high and I am just delighted I managed to secure another year at QPR and in the Premier League as well."

Survival has been followed by a busy summer, started with the announcement of plans for a new state-of-the-art training complex.

Stadium plans are expected to be unveiled soon, while no fewer than six players have arrived at Loftus Road since the end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Manchester United's Park Ji-sung is the latest and Hill believes exciting times lie ahead under chairman Tony Fernandes.

"Since the chairman has come in things have been a lot more stable," the defender said.

"There have been little changes here at this training ground and obviously the new one is getting built.

"Then there is the players he has brought in, which have valuable experience that is vital to us.

"Hopefully they will give us that stability at home and on the road as well."

Fernandes has been quick to focus on exploiting the Asian market since taking over less than a year ago.

Such ambitions will see the Rs embark on their first-ever pre-season tour of Asia tomorrow, playing three friendly matches during a 12-day tour to Malaysia and Indonesia.

"It is a completely new experience," Hill said. "I have never been there before.

"I am really looking forward to it as we have three games in three different places as well.

"It will be good to sample that kind of culture and hopefully we can have a good pre-season and hit the road running."