Rio Ferdinand says signing for QPR is a "fairytale finish" to his career by reuniting with former manager Harry Redknapp.
The Loftus Road chief handed the defender his professional debut at West Ham and has swooped to re-sign the 35-year-old after he left Manchester United in the summer.
"My competitive edge was the overriding factor along with my family coming to London and obviously working with Harry again," said Ferdinand, who penned a 12-month contract in W12.
"I had offers from different places in the world, including some clubs in the Premier League.
"My agent spoke to them and met various managers but when Harry made the call it was an easy decision for me.
"I started under him as a young player at West Ham and to finish my career playing under him again is a fairytale finish."
Ferdinand is relishing the prospect of a survival scrap and says keeping QPR in the Premier League would be a big achievement.
He added: "It's a different proposition to what I'm used to but it's a great challenge that I'm looking forward to.
"I play to win all the time whether it's in training or a match and that's going to be the case here.
"Getting points on the board - that's been my mentality and it will be here as we look to stay in the Premier League."