Saturday, 4 February 2012

Orr Snubbed Sparky To Rally Rovers

Bradley Orr snubbed Mark Hughes' plea to be part of his QPR revolution in favour of a relegation battle with Rovers.

The right-back headed north on deadline day having grown fed up of waiting in the wings at Loftus Road.

That was despite new Rangers boss Hughes attempts to sweet talk him into hanging around in London with the promise of a bright future for Orr and the club.

Instead Orr is now geared up for a punishing fight as Blackburn bid to avoid the drop - starting at Arsenal today.

Orr said: ``Mark Hughes was absolutely brilliant. He was very honest, he told me he would like me to stay.

``He tried to persuade me quite a bit to stay at least until the end of the season because he felt I could have played a big part under him.

``But my mind was made up once I knew Blackburn Rovers were interested. I tried to be as honest with Mark Hughes as I could and I told him that.

``The previous few months, even though it was under a different manager, I hadn’t played as much as I would have liked. I really missed the buzz of 3pm on a Saturday.

``When I knew Blackburn were interested and I had the chance of coming and really establishing myself it just really excited me.

``I had made my mind up and even though I spoke to Mark Hughes a few times, it was a decision I knew was right for me and the progression in my career.''

Orr had been a mainstay of QPR's promotion winning team under Neil Warnock, but was left on the sidelines when the Premier League action started.

He explained: ``You look at Paul Lambert at Norwich and Brendan Rodgers at Swansea and the majority of their team was from the team that got them promoted from the Championship.

``Our gaffer at the time had a different view. He felt he needed a lot of Premier League experience for survival, so I suppose different managers have different views and different opinions.

``I went into the season very optimistic I would play a lot of games because I had a very good season the season before. 

``I am one of them if you play well the shirt is yours to keep. That is what I think.  It wasn’t the case.

``The gaffer at the time felt the need to bring Premier League experience in and that is fair enough. There is no bitterness towards him; it was just unfortunate for me.''

Orr faces a quick return to the Championship unless Blackburn buck up, but he is convinced they will soon find some form.

He added: ``Just look around the dressing room and the quality Blackburn have got. The blend of youth, experience and talent here is good.''


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