Andrew Johnson delighted to be back

  • Last Updated: July 21 2012, 14:34 BST

QPR new boy Andrew Johnson is delighted to be playing again after admitting the contract situation at former club Fulham played a part in his absence towards the end of last season.

Andrew Johnson: Looking for some more game time

The 31-year-old linked-up with former Whites boss Mark Hughes at Loftus Road this summer, having come to the end of his deal at Craven Cottage.

Johnson's last appearance for Fulham came in a 3-0 home defeat to Swansea in March after an adductor injury ruled him out of the Cottagers' remaining fixtures.

However, speaking after QPR's 5-0 over Kelantan in Kuala Lumpur, the striker suggested it was his contract situation as opposed to injury status that ruled him out.

Johnson told the club's official website, qpr.co.uk: "It was important to get some more game time under my belt.

"It's really important for me to get that time on the pitch because we've all had eight weeks off, and I didn't play the last four or five weeks of last season because of my situation with contracts and stuff, so I am delighted to be getting back out there again.

"Now I just need to get the first goal under my belt and then I can kick on from there."

Johnson is one of the six acquisitions made by QPR so far this summer and believes his new club can kick on after securing survival last season.

"I have settled in brilliantly," he said. "The new signings are fantastic, and go well with the great players that are already here.

"The squad have made the likes of myself, Ji-Sung Park, Rob Green, Fabio and all the new lads feel very welcome.

"It feels like a great squad. There is a great togetherness already and an excellent atmosphere around the place.

"I think it is going to be a great season for QPR."