Friday, June 22, 2012
Robert Green is set for his first competitive appearance at Carrow Road since leaving Norwich City – on the second weekend of the new Premier League season.
The England goalkeeper, currently on duty at the Euro 2012 finals, has joined Queens Park Rangers from West Ham on a two-year contract.
Rangers, who narrowly escaped relegation in May, are the visitors for the Canaries’ first home match of the 2012-13 campaign on Saturday, August 25.
Green, who has 12 England international caps, will arrive at Loftus Road on July 1 when his contract with the Hammers expires.
“Rob is someone with vast experience at international and Premier League level and his pedigree speaks for itself,” QPR boss Mark Hughes said. “It was important we brought another quality keeper into the group.
“Rob’s got all the characteristics of a top keeper and he’ll be a huge addition for us who will stimulate the goalkeeping group, which can only be good for the squad as a whole.”
The 32-year-old Green made 241 first team appearances for City. He made his debut as a 19-year-old against Ipswich and succeeded Andy Marshall as first choice in 2001 after Marshall joined Ipswich Town.
Green helped City into the Division One play-off final in his first full season and was part of the team that won the Nationwide League title in 2003-04.
He won his first full England cap against Colombia in 2005 and was chosen for the 2006 World Cup squad before being forced out by a ruptured groin, an injury he suffered in a B international against Belarus.
He joined West Ham for £2m in August 2006.
Green was offered fresh terms by West Ham after helping them win promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs last season, but wanted to move on.
“I’m delighted to be here,” Green said after completing his move to QPR. I’m excited about the challenge ahead and hugely encouraged by the direction in which the owners and Mark Hughes are looking to take the club.
“It’s an exciting period for everybody connected to Queens Park Rangers and I can’t wait to get started.”
Green returned to Norwich for a pre-season friendly in July 2007, which the Hammers won 2-1, but has not been back in a competitive fixture.