Jordan Cousins thinks he would have played a lot more games for QPR had it not been for a tough pre-season regime.

The man who joined from Charlton for £1.2 million in the summer is at pains, literally, to excuse ex-boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but says he experienced nothing like it with the Addicks.

Even so, the contrast between the Dutchman's boot camp and life at The Valley were mountains apart.

“I wouldn’t blame it on Jimmy’s very physical regime,” Cousins said.

“It was bound to happen sometime as I had been injury-free for three seasons so my time had come for it.

“The injuries are a combination of things really.

Joel Asoro of Sunderland and Jordan Cousins of QPR in action
Baptism of fire; Joel Asoro of Sunderland (L) takes on Jordan Cousins

“It was a new regime when I came here under Jimmy. The training was something I’ve never really experienced before, so it took a toll on my body.”

However, the 22-year-old says being pressed into service did him no favours either.

“There were also stages where the manager wanted me to play, and maybe I would come back a bit too quickly and that also wasn’t good for my body,” he added.

“I’ve actually come back quicker than I was supposed to come back this time, but that is all in good stead because I’m training pain-free.

“Hopefully I can just kick on now and contribute to the team for the rest of the season."

Cousins was also on hand to present local U9’s team Greenford Celtic FC 1995 with an award this week.

Alongside Mitre and the EFL, Wickes ran a nationwide competition across all 72 EFL Clubs for junior football teams to win a full team kit, and Celtic were selected as QPR’s winner.

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