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Friday, September 07, 2007

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Yahoo: Briatore: Success will take time
QPR's owner-in-waiting Flavio Briatore has again warned the club's supporters they will have to be patient in their wait for success.Renault Formula One team boss Briatore, in conjunction with motorsport magnate Bernie Ecclestone, is ready to complete a £14million takeover at Loftus Road.
And Briatore told Rangers' official website: "We need to change gear and speed things up but we need patience as well.
"We need to not only build up the team, but we need to build up everything because we need to have a solid base.
"We do not want to be going up and down the divisions like an elevator.
"We want to make sure our club becomes competitive and stays competitive for many, many years." Yahoo


Aaron Goode Joins Kingstonian on loan on Wednesday

Kingstonian - Wednesday 5th September 2007 Aaron Goode
The club are pleased to announce the signing of Queens Park Rangers defender Aaron Goode (18) on a three month loan deal. Aaron featured heavily for both QPR's championship-winning U18's last season and also the reserves, before being signed on professional forms in the summer.
Alan Dowson comments on the signing, "Aaron will bring two great attributes to our back line - strength and pace - and I look forward to working with him over the coming months." Kingstonian

QPR Official Site - September 7, 2007 GOODE ON LOAN
Aaron Goode has joined Isthmian League First Division South side Kingstonian on a three month loan deal.
The no-nonsense defender, who is yet to make his QPR first team debut despite featuring regularly for the R's Reserves last season, will remain at The Kingsmeadow Stadium until Saturday 8th December 2007 QPR

BBC - Kingstonian recruit QPR defender
QPR defender Aaron Goode has joined Isthmian League First Division South side Kingstonian on a three-month loan.
Goode, who signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2007, will stay at the Kingsmeadow Stadium until 8 December.
The 18-year-old is yet to make his debut in the senior side for the Loftus Road club despite featuring regularly for the reserves last season.
He was a member of the under-18 squad which won the Youth Alliance League. BBC

Dexter Blackstock put a smile on the faces of a group of QPR fans recently.
The R's front-man visited the Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford to lift the spirits of 16 month-old Laney Smith, who suffers from a rare form of cancer.
Laney, whose father Marcus is a lifelong QPR fan, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a rare childhood cancer) in June.
With the help of R's supporter Robbie Hayes, QPR Chairman Gianni Paladini and QPR Press Manager Ian Taylor, Blackstock hot footed his way from the Club's Harlington Training Complex to spend an afternoon at the hospital to lend his support to the Smith family.
"It was a really humbling experience," said Blackstock.
"The family are big QPR fans and it's just so sad to see what they are all going through."
Marcus and his partner, Abbey, realised that something was wrong with their daughter when her stomach became swollen and she became upset.
They took her to hospital where she was diagnosed and she has already undergone blood transfusion and chemotherapy.
Laney has been undergoing treatment including a full blood transfusion and it is believed the tumour has shrunk. For the first time in weeks she was also strong enough to walk.
All the money being raised by various events will go towards sending Laney on a recovery holiday and will be distributed around charities which have helped the family. QPR

Gallagher pleased with Preston move
Blackburn forward Paul Gallagher admits location played a big part in his decision to join Preston on loan ahead of Stoke, Hull and QPR.The 23-year-old has struggled for regular first-team football at Ewood Park due to stiff competition from the likes of Benni McCarthy, Roque Santa Cruz and Matt Derbyshire.
The Lilywhites signed Gallagher on loan until January and were able to promise him action up front, while Stoke boss Tony Pulis wanted to use him on the left wing.
Gallagher, who made his North End debut last weekend against Coventry, enjoyed a profitable loan spell at Stoke in 2005-06.
He said: "Stoke wanted to take me back there and there was also interest from Hull and QPR but I chose Preston because it is a good move for my career and me personally.
"Deepdale is a great place to play football and it is ideal for me to stay in the area because my girl is at primary school locally." Eurosport

Lancashire Telegraph - Carlisle makes Clarets vow By Suzanne Geldard
PACY defender Clarke Carlisle has dedicated himself to Burnley's promotion push, and revealed the dark days of his alcohol addiction are well and truly behind him.
The 27-year-old almost compromised his career as a result of his battle with drink while at Queens Park Rangers in 2003.
He missed a portion of the 2003-04 season as he underwent treatment for alcohol-related problems at the Sporting Chance clinic set up by former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams, himself a reformed alcoholic.
But Carlisle has since rebuilt his reputation as a solid stopper, and on the back of winning promotion with Watford and spending a season in the Premiership, he is hoping to cement himself as the Clarets' first-choice centre half and help the club achieve their own top flight ambitions.
He faces competition from captain Steven Caldwell, Michael Duff and David Unsworth, with specialist fullback Stephen Jordan also capable of playing a central role.
However, the former Watford defender believes he is well prepared to play his part after revealing the torment of his alcohol addiction, and the recovery from it, has made him a stronger character and footballer.
"My wake-up call was when the gaffer (Ian Holloway) wouldn't let me travel on the team bus because I was so drunk, and then he made me train with the youth team the next day and I didn't even turn up for that," he explained.
"And then on the Saturday afternoon I was in a pub watching the results hoping that the lads won and thought 'what's that all about?' "I was sat there with 50 other guys who would chop their right arm off to have the job that I was doing, and yet I was doing everything within my power to lose my job; to not play football. It's bizarre when I've loved it all my life.
"I'd neglected my family for no good reason. So there it was, and that weekend was a very big weekend for me."
Discovering a self-confidence and self-belief has also been crucial in the former England Under 21 international turning his life, and his career, around.
"One of the most important days for me of my life was the day when I was prepared to not play football any more. I was prepared to give it up if it would have been better for me and my family to live a happier life, a more content life, because the strain of playing football was that great," explained Carlisle.
"That was such a ground-breaking day for me. It kind of released me from the stress and strain of that, the worry of constantly wondering what people thought of me and freed me to just go and play and be a footballer instead of just worrying about being a footballer.
"I don't know if that makes any sense, but it was a big turning point in how I live my life."
Carlisle is clear about the goals he wants to achieve at Burnley following his cut-price £200,000 move from Vicarage Road, and they include cementing a place in Steve Cotterill's starting line-up, and helping to lead the club to promotion.
He added: "I believe that I'm definitely a first-choice centre half and that's what I'm here to prove.
"The gaffer's made his case clear to not just myself but the whole squad that (promotion) is his goal. That's where his bus is going and if you're on it, you're on it, and if you're not then go away."Lancashire Telegraph

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