RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB is today delighted to confirm that Clint Hill has signed for the club on a one year contract.
Hill becomes Mark Warburton’s fifth signing ahead of the 2016/17 SPFL Premiership season.
With Josh Windass, Matt Crooks, Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton already on board, 37-year-old Hill adds experience to the Light Blues squad having enjoyed a senior career spanning almost two decades in English football.
The left-sided centre-half from Merseyside started his career at Tranmere Rovers and made his first-team debut during a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest in the 1997/98 season.
He went on to make 140 appearances in five years with the Prenton Park club – playing in the League Cup Final defeat to Leicester City in 2000 – before moving to Oldham Athletic in December 2002 and then Stoke City in the summer of 2003.
After recovering from an injury which meant he missed a lot of games throughout the 2003/04 season, Hill won Stoke’s Player of the Year award after impressing throughout the following campaign.
In January 2008 the lifelong Liverpool fan joined Neil Warnock’s Crystal Palace and during his time with the Eagles he impressed with his professional and committed attitude, becoming a fans favourite.
Two-and-a-half years later Hill reunited with Warnock at Championship side Queens Park Rangers and in August 2011 Joey Barton also made the switch to Loftus Road from Newcastle United.
A short emergency loan spell at Nottingham Forest meant Hill had to wait a couple of months before he returned to QPR and got the opportunity to play alongside Barton in the English Premier League following the club’s promotion.
After that 2011/12 season the 6’ 1” defender was named both the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year and in January 2013 he was appointed club captain by manager Harry Redknapp, taking over from Park Ji-sung.
Harry Redknapp: “Clint is a great character, a good lad and a fantastic professional. He leads by example and you know what you are going to get when he plays and that’s 100%. He puts his body on the line for the club.”
QPR suffered the disappointment of being relegated in April 2013 but, with Hill wearing the captain’s armband, they won the Championship Playoff Final at Wembley 1-0 against Derby County and were back in England’s top flight.
On 7 April 2015 the Huyton-born stopper scored his first Premier League goal, a header, against Aston Villa and after making 15 appearances in the Championship last season he became a free agent, allowing Mark Warburton to swoop for his signature.