Joel Lynch staying fit will be vital if QPR are to tighten their leaky defence

George Honeyman of Sunderland Joel Lynch of QPR compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in...

Joel Lynch has struggled with injuries during his time at QPR but the former Huddersfield Town defender can be key to Steve McClaren's side

Joel Lynch of QPR warms up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

Joel Lynch has had a frustrating time at Queens Park Rangers since making his move to Loftus Road in 2016. 

The signing from Huddersfield Town has endured a number of injuries but Lynch is looking forward to an incident-free season. Speaking to QPR's official website, the 30-year-old expressed how he hopes his fitness concerns are a thing of the past. 

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa holds off Joel Lynch of Queens Park Rangers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on December 18,...

"I'm in good shape," Lynch said. "It's the most I've done off-season my whole career. I just want to keep it up and maintain that level by having a good pre-season and getting ready for the first game.  

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"As I've got older I've really wanted to eradicate these injuries I've had over the last few years and get a good season together, so I try my hardest to look after myself and do that extra bit of conditioning.

"It's something I need to do to make sure I'm right, I don't want to get injured again!"

Alex Smithies of QPR and Joel Lynch of QPR shake hands after the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

Lynch is predominantly a centre-back but can fill in at left-back which will likely prove useful to Steve McClaren over a gruelling Championship campaign. The 30-year-old has made 55 league appearances over two-years but has hardly got a solid run of games under his belt. 

As expected, QPR will potentially struggle at the back in the new campaign with a number of first team players having left the club. With no new additions for McClaren so far, Lynch has found himself primed to claim a regular starting berth. 

Ashley Fletcher of Sunderland and Joel Lynch of QPR in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between QPR and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

That in itself is hardly surprising but McClaren will need to really bring out the best in Lynch as the Super Hoops look to strengthen their defence. Under Ian Holloway last season, QPR shipped 70 goals which is a figure that definitely needs amending for the better. 

Lynch certainly has the experience and the know-how at this level so if he can stay injury free, the R's will expect a strong campaign from the former Wales international. 

 

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