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[GOOGLE NEWS FOOT UK] 🔵 Former Huddersfield Town Man Set For Championship Switch

Chris Willock has agreed to join Cardiff City on a free transfer following his departure from Queens Park Rangers.

The 26-year-old became a free agent after his contract expired at MATRADE Loftus Road at the end of June, and while the two parties continued to have discussions over a new contract, the West London outfit announced on Wednesday (via their official website) that they were unable to reach an agreement on new terms.

Just hours after his departure from QPR was announced, Pete O’Rourke of the Football Insider has now revealed that Willock will now join the Bluebirds ahead of the new season.

A big loss for QPR?

Having joined Benfica from Arsenal in 2017, Willock made a permanent return to English football with QPR in 2020 following loan spells with West Bromwich Albion and Huddersfield Town.

The forward made 144 appearances in his four-year spell at the club, scoring 20 goals and bagging 22 assists.

He was a key contributor for QPR last season as The R’s managed to recover from a terrible start to their campaign to eventually secure their Sky Bet Championship status for the upcoming season with one game to spare.

Willock’s impressive performances warranted QPR to try and negotiate a new contract, but the forward will instead join Cardiff City after talks broke down.

Speaking on Willock, QPR’s CEO Christian Nourry said: “On behalf of the football club I want to thank Chrissy for his contributions during his time with us.

“It is no secret that, as a club, we would have liked to have found a way to continue the adventure with him. After several months of talks, Chris has decided to go in another direction. 

“Whilst we are disappointed not to see him continuing with us, it is important that we have players in the building who we know are all-in on being a QPR player, committed to the club’s game model and the work that Marti (Cifuentes) and Xavi (Calm) and the rest of the coaching staff are undertaking. 

“Most importantly, we need individuals who are as convinced and excited about the project that the club is now building as we are, whilst respecting budgetary constraints.

“We wish Chris well for the future and thank him for four years of excellent service.”

Cardiff City bolster Championship attacking options

QPR’s loss is very much Cardiff City’s gain as the Bluebirds will add a real goal threat who already has plenty of Championship experience to their attacking options.

Despite finishing 12th in the league last season, only Rotherham United, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday had a worse goal difference than Erol Bulut’s side, therefore attacking reinforcements were certainly needed this summer in the Welsh capital.

Willock was usually deployed as a winger with QPR, although was given licence by manager Martí Cifuentes to interchange positions with attacking midfielder Ilias Chair in the final third of the pitch.


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