Belfast Telegraph

Barton the loan Ranger?

Joey Barton has suggested QPR are considering loaning him out at the start of the season - something which might see him serve his 12-match ban more quickly than if he stayed put.

Barton is currently suspended until November after being sent off against Manchester City on the final day of the last Barclays Premier League campaign and clashing with Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany as he left the field.

But the 29-year-old midfielder, who is due to train with npower League Two club Fleetwood Town this week, could return to action in October if he is allowed to join a lower-league club on loan. That is because they play more fixtures in August, September and October than Premier League teams.

However, it was unclear whether the Football Association would be willing to sanction such a move under those circumstances.

Barton wrote on his personal website, "The possibility of a loan move has been mentioned, where there's been interest from several European clubs and a lot of Championship clubs too, as you may expect.

"So, why would I train with Fleetwood? I have become a little disenchanted with the game in the last six months after what I have put myself through and I desperately want to fall back in love with the game.

"I feel that training in the lower leagues will give me a reality check and maybe help me become a better person, a little more humility will serve me well. The lower leagues is where the hunger for the game is at its greatest, at least where players are concerned.

"It'll help me appreciate all that the Premier league offers me now and in the future. What else can I do? Work hard, fall back in love with the game and keep my fingers crossed that I can once again earn my place in a QPR shirt."

Meanwhile, QPR have discussed the prospect of signing Craig Bellamy, vice-chairman Amit Bhatia has revealed. Liverpool striker Bellamy has been tipped for a move to Rangers after taking part in the Olympics with Great Britain.

Bellamy, who is entering the final year of his contract, played under QPR boss Mark Hughes both for Wales and at Manchester City and Blackburn. Bhatia told Sky Sports News: "Craig is definitely a name that has been mentioned, a name we've discussed. There are a few options.


From Belfast Telegraph