Oguchi Onyewu has spoken of his delight at signing for Queens Park Rangers, and has set his sights on returning top-flight football to the club.
The United States international had been a free agent since leaving Sporting Lisbon at the end of last season, and has been training with the Loftus Road club of late. Having impressed Harry Redknapp suitably, he has been handed a short-term contract with the Londoners and has immediately vowed to help them back into the Premier League.
“QPR are a club with huge ambitions to return to the Premier League and I wanted to be part of it,” he said. “I had a really good feeling the moment I arrived here. I’m looking forward to what will hopefully be a very successful and happy time here. I want to help the club get back to the Premier League – that’s why I’ve come here.”
Onyewu, born in Washington, began his club career in Europe with French side Metz in 2002, before leaving for Standard Liege two years later. He spent five years at the Portuguese side, winning two league titles and a Super Cup, yet this time was interrupted by a short loan spell at Newcastle United where he made 11 appearances in 2011.
Next came an ill-fated spell with Italian giants Milan, for whom he failed to make a single league appearance during an 18-month spell due in no small part to a serious knee injury which kept him out of the 2009-10 campaign. The following January he left for Holland and Twente in a loan deal, before signing for Sporting six months later.