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QPR stopper eager to secure top-flight survival

Luke Young: Insists retaining their Premier League status is QPR's priority

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Queens Park Rangers defender Luke Young insists staying in the Premier League remains the club's priority.

The January transfer window was a busy month for the club with manager Mark Hughes making a host of changes before it closed.

Strikers Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora were both signed on Tuesday while Bradley Orr left Loftus Road for Blackburn Rovers.

QPR secured a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa this week, a point that moved the West Londoners three points clear of the drop zone.

It was the second time in the space of 12 months changes have been made to the playing squad and veteran Young knows it will take time for the fresh faces to settle.

Changes

"It's going to look like our second new line up in the space of six months. There's been a lot of players in and out in such a short space of time," explained Young.

"We're almost rebuilding twice in one season. It's going to take time for players to bed in.

"But we haven't got that long. We need the new boys to bed in straight away. It almost feels like the start of a new season for us.

"It's a 15-game season now, if you look at it that way. We need to make ourselves safe in this league."

Expectations

Young admitted: "I think the expectations will come once we secure our Premier League status for next season.

"That's when the expectation will rise again for next season, I'm sure there'll be new players coming in again.

"But first and foremost, we can't look that far ahead. We've got ourselves in a bit of a sticky situation in the league. We've thrown away points we shouldn't have.

"We should be pretty comfortable at the moment. We're cut adrift a little bit, we need to suck in a few more teams."