Ferdinand backs new-look QPR

The defender hailed the team spirit around the club this summer

Anton Ferdinand: The Queens Park Rangers man is impressed at how well the new faces have settled in at the club

Anton Ferdinand believes the summer spending spree by boss Mark Hughes has lifted spirits at QPR after a tough battle against relegation last term.

The West London club only escaped the drop on the final day of last season despite conceding two late goals to Manchester City that handed them the title.

Hughes has attempted to strengthened in every department with the addition of goalkeeper Rob Green, defenders Ryan Nelsen and Fabio da Silva, midfielder Ji-Sung Park and Andy Johnson up front.

Samba Diakite, who was on loan last season, has also put pen to paper on a deal to take him to the club permanently.

And Ferdinand admits he is impressed by how quickly the new faces have settled in at the club during their tour of the Far East and expects them to be ready for the season opener against Swansea on 18th August.

"The team spirit is fantastic," he told the club's official website. "That's what these trips are about, especially given the signings we've made.

"It's important we all bond on and off the pitch. The new lads have settled in very, very well and very, very quickly. There's a good feeling in this squad at the moment.

"Getting game-time under your belt is very important at this stage of the pre-season campaign. I feel quite sharp - my lungs feel good and my legs feel good.

"We go back to London and we put in more hard graft now ahead of the countdown to August 18th."