Jamie Mackie has assured QPR fans they are getting an even better player than the one that left them in 2013.
The 29-year-old returning winger also revealed wearing blue and white hoops at Reading where he was on loan last season ‘didn’t feel quite right’.
However, the ones he modelled at the recent Rangers shirt launch provide almost the perfect fit.
Almost, because the Scotland international would have liked hoops all the way around, not that the club had a choice under league rules demanding name and number to be clear visible on the back.
The honest winger also laid bare just what Rs supporters can expect in the wake of mixed reactions to his new two-year deal at Loftus Road after being released by parent club Nottingham Forest.
“When I first came here I didn’t pretend to be something I wasn’t,” he said. “I work hard, and I’m not going to get you of your seats by doing something ridiculous you might see Ronaldo and Messi doing.
“But I can guarantee you're going to get a level performance and slot in as I did before.
“I can’t play any other way. If anything I’ve definitely matured as a player and I’m not bothered about putting my reputation on the line.”
Mackie joked he subjected house visitors to a loop of his previous best moments at Rangers, including goals against Liverpool for a dramatic 3-2 win, and a diving header against Manchester City in the dramatic last match of the 2011-12 season.
“When did I last see them? Last night. Most nights I watch them,” he said.