Hughes - Clint not over hill

Rs boss wants to keep 25-man squad at full strength

Clint Hill: Veteran has started in the QPR defence for the last two matches

QPR boss Mark Hughes insists he has no plans to allow veteran defender Clint Hill to go out on loan before the end of the season.

The Rangers manager is reluctant to allow any of his 25-man squad to move away from Loftus Road and remains adamant that he requires a large number of players at his disposal in the final 11 games of the Premier League campaign.

With the West London club in a relegation battle with Blackburn, Wolves, Bolton and Wigan, the Welshman has pointed to the 33-year-old centre-back as an example of a player who could be called upon if needed.

Hill looked to have slipped out of the first-team picture following the arrival of Taye Taiwo at Loftus Road, but the former Crystal Palace man has started in defence for the last two matches.

"We've been in a situation where if maybe we haven't performed defensively as we wanted to we need to look at our options," said Hughes.

"Clint's been very much in my mind, he's in the 25, and he's player I knew I could call upon if I needed to.

"So I'm very reluctant to send people out on loan once they're in the 25. My priority really is to get the others out on loan."