QPR defender to play for one more season before retirement

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Queens Park Rangers defender Clint Hill plans to play on for one more season before going into coaching.

The Hoops captain has been a rock at the heart of the defence this season, and hopes to play one more season with the club in the Premier League.

He has formed a strong relationship with Richard Dunne in centre defence, and in the club's calamitous season in the Premier League last year, Hill was one of very few to impress Harry Redknapp.

Redknapp was particularly impressed with his attitude and whilst the squad contained many 'big name signings' along with that came big ego's and when it came down to the relegation battle, it was Hill's character and attitude that came shining through.

That led him to winning the supporters' player of the year award last season. He also won end of the season awards after the 2011-2012 season when they staved off relegation on the last day despite a memorable 3-2 defeat to Manchester City.

Hill intends to play for one more season, preferably with QPR before going into coaching, again hopefully at Loftus Road.

He said "I’m doing little bits and pieces here and there with the under-16s, and finishing my A licence.”

I’ve got coaching ambitions, and if I can fulfill them with Rangers, would obviously love to be a part of the academy.”

While Hill is still playing to a high standard in the Championship, he doesn't want to carry on playing for another two or three years and see himself drop down the leagues. He has spent the majority of his career in the Championship and League One with the previous two seasons with QPR being the only time he has had the chance to play in the top flight.

He added: “I’d like another year, but I don’t think I have the luxury of two or three years, and you have to weigh up the miles.

“You don’t want to become a burden on the team. You don’t want to be a negative (on a side) and I’m very self-analytical.

“But it’s all down to the club and I have an open door to suggestions, but if not here maybe I’ll appear somewhere else.”

He has garnered a good reputation for his attitude and effort He is a fantastic player to have in defence due to his sheer grit and determination and would be a valuable asset as a coach if he can carry on with that mantra.

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