Onuoha eyes Malay break

Defender wants to use trip to get to know his team-mates

Nedum Onuoha: The defender expects QPR to avoid relegation with ease this season

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Nedum Onuoha says a pre-season team-building break in Malaysia and Indonesia will help QPR in their fight against relegation.

The former Manchester City defender was one of 14 players who joined the club last season for their first campaign in the top flight in 15 years with the 25-year-old signing in January along with the likes of Bobby Zamora.

Rangers boss Mark Hughes has been busy in the transfer market this summer too with Rob Green, Samba Diakite and Ji-Sung Park among the arrivals, as well as the season-long loan of Fabio Da Silva from Manchester United.

And Onuoha believes a chance to get to know his team-mates over the next few days will prove vital in the coming weeks as they prepare for the start of another battle against the drop.

"The close season always seems to go quickly but I can't wait for our trip to south-east Asia," Onuoha told the club's official website.

"When I arrived at the start of the year there wasn't any time to get to know anyone - it was straight into it with all of us doing our bit to keep the club in the top flight.

"Now we have the chance to go away as a group without the pressures that surrounded us for the final few months of last season, and it is going to be really special.

"We are going there to prepare for a very tough season ahead. None of us intend to be involved in a relegation battle like we were last year.

"We want to make progress. The ambition at the club is fantastic and played a big part in my decision to come in the first place.

"So we will be approaching the games in a competitive manner to ensure we come back from the tour in good shape ahead of the new season."