QPR manager Mark Warburton insists his QPR side are more than ready for the new season despite their 1-0 defeat to Watford on Saturday that brought a close to their pre-season campaign.

The new Championship season proper gets underway this weekend, and Warburton’s side were downed in the end by a deflected Etienne Capoue effort.

Warburton refused to be downbeat about the loss and was very happy with his side’s performance:

“You never want to lose a game of football but there were a lot of positives to come out of the game today,” he said.

“I think the boys did very well. We looked very good for long periods.

“We just need to get the rewards from a lot of good football. There were some really nice breaks, we kept shape and put in dangerous balls.

“It was a good afternoon. We didn’t want to lose but hopefully the fans enjoyed some of the performances.”

With the Rs only winning one of their four-pre-season games, the club have since added striker Jordan Hugill on a season long loan from West Ham United to try and bolster their attacking line-up ahead of the campaign:

“Jordan is someone who can really lead the line,” Warburton said about the 27-year-old’s arrival.

“We’ve had to be patient and wait for the right forwards to come along. It’s been great to bring Jan Mlakar in from Brighton, who is a younger striker, and Jordan is a more senior player given his experience in the division.

“He arrives with real quality and, alongside Jan, I’m hopeful we have a potent attacking force now.”

After only playing three games at Premier League level for West Ham, Hugill has returned to the Championship following a relatively successful campaign at Middlesbrough last season, scoring six goals in 20 starts:

“I’m ready to go. I want to get my head down and make my mark here, which is something I need to do for my career,” Hugill said upon his unveiling:

“To be wanted again and play football was the main thing for me, the manager made me feel wanted and went out of his way to make me feel welcome. Hopefully I can repay that faith.

“I think we’re going to have a really good go this season, and I’m looking forward to the challenge that is coming.”

Mark Warburton’s QPR side will look to work upon their underwhelming 19th place finish last season, where they conceded the third-most goals in the Championship, only surpassed by bottom two sides Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.

The Championship season begins this weekend, with QPR traveling to the bet365 Stadium and Stoke City on Saturday.