JAY Bothroyd was keen to stay at QPR – but that wish was denied the striker released two years into a three-year deal.
Rangers triggered a clause in the forward’s contract even though he earlier claimed he was the man to lead the club back out of the Championship.
He said: “It’s a hard league playing sometimes twice a week, but Rangers were my first club as a kid. They’ve got great fans, and there’s a great bunch of lads here.”
In fact, it may even be a blessing in disguise for both parties after the man capped by England spent time on loan at lowly Sheffield Wednesday – and according to Rs boss Harry Redknapp was struggling even in the Championship.
Neil Warnock signed the former Cardiff forward on a free transfer in summer 2011, but Bothroyd made only 18 starts and 13 sub appearances in all competitions with a final tally of just five goals.
A statement on the club's official website read: "The club would like to thank Jay for his contribution and wish him all the best for the future."