Ramage has point to prove

Full-back out to show he can hack it at the top with Hoops

Ramage: Relishing top-flight return

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QPR defender Peter Ramage believes that each and every player at the club has a huge point to prove next season in the top flight.

Players such as the former Newcastle full-back and skipper Shaun Derry have had brief encounters with the Premier League in the past, but have earned another bite of the cherry at Loftus Road next season.

However, the 27-year-old, who made 69 appearances for his hometown club before switching to the Hoops in 2008, told skysports.com that he needs to prove his worth in the top flight next year.

"Joining QPR was a chance to play regular football and apart from last season, that is exactly how it has worked out for me, but I feel that I've got a point to prove to myself next year," he said.

"I always aimed to help get QPR into the top flight since I joined from Newcastle and hopefully I'll get the chance to show that I can compete in the Premier League next season.

Injury blows

"I've also got to prove that I can still play professional football, because after two serious injuries on my knees there is always going to be doubts lingering over your future and I'll be working hard over the summer to get myself in top condition for the new season.

"The likes of Clint Hill and Shaun Derry aren't getting any younger, so they won't get too many more chances to play in the Premier League.

"There is a sprinkling of top-flight experience in the squad, with Rob Hulse doing well for Sheffield United and Fitz Hall at the back, so a lot of the lads know how to adapt to that level already.

"Hopefully, they will help the lads that haven't played in the Premier League before to settle down quickly to the style and pace of the game.

"A lot of the players here, including myself, have had to drop down from the Premier League because we probably weren't good enough at the time, so now we have got the chance to prove that we are top-flight players and a top-flight team."