Aug 7 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
ANTON Ferdinand admits he is desperate to be named QPR skipper on a permanent basis.
The armband is up for grabs after disgraced midfielder Joey Barton was stripped of the captaincy following his actions at Manchester City on the final day of the season, which also earned him a hefty fine and a 12-match ban.
Boss Mark Hughes has given Ferdinand and other candidates like Ji-sung Park and Clint Hill the opportunity to stake a claim for the role during pre-season.
And the QPR centre-back says it would be an honour to be handed the armband.
He said: “My family runs deep in this club, with Les, Rio played here as a kid, and now I'm playing here. To captain a club like QPR was fantastic.
“I'd be lying if I said I didn't want it, but it's not my decision. Whoever's made club captain will do a great job and will have all the lads' backing.
“We'll push and work hard whoever's captain. It's not about one person who wears the armband it's about the 11 on the pitch.
“The gaffer's brought in people who are leaders, and having as many leaders as we've got in our team can only be good for QPR.”
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