Former Rangers midfielder Dom Ball has admitted that working with Mark Warburton again was a “big pull” in his decision to join QPR over Aberdeen during the summer.

Ball worked with Warburton at Watford and Rangers before spending two seasons on loan with Aberdeen, rejecting the chance to move to Pittodrie permanently to join Warburton for the third time when he moved to Loftus Road.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Dominic Ball of Rangers controls the ball during the Scottish Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The former Spurs youngster admits that being “a bit closer to home” also helped after spending most of the last five years away from friends and family in London.

“I enjoyed Aberdeen but I just wanted to be a bit closer to home. I have been away from home for nearly five years – three in Scotland and two in Sheffield – so it was a massive pull for me to come back to London and Queen’s Park Rangers,” Ball said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I haven’t seen a lot of my girlfriend because she is still down here and I haven’t seen a lot of my family and my friends.

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“I had been there for two years and three years in Scotland and I wanted to come back down to the Championship to challenge myself.

 

“My aim is to go and play every game in the Championship as a midfielder.

“QPR is also a great club and Mark Warburton is a manager I know well. I worked with him at Watford then Rangers and he was another big pull in my decision. So all in all QPR was perfect for me.”

QPR currently sit in eighth place in the Championship with ten points from their opening six games under Warburton.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Mark Warburton, Manager of Queens Park Rangers looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium on August 21, 2019 in London, England.

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Ball has made four appearances for the R’s, starting the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in the final game before the international break.

There are a number of familiar faces at Loftus Road with ex-Rangers players Lee Wallace and Liam Kelly also in Warburton’s squad looking to reach the Premier League.

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