Rowlands Loftus Road bound!

Last updated : 11 June 2003 By
Rowlands: Heading to our main rivals!
Brentford midfielder Martin Rowlands is as expected, about to sign for fierce local rivals Queens Park Rangers, pending a successful medical.

Rowlands, who scored 20 times in his 149 appearances for the Bees, after joining the club from Nationwide Conference outfit, Farnborough Town, cracked his fibula towards the end of last season, which resulted in him missing Brentford's last four league games of the campaign.

Loftus Road boss, Ian Holloway, had attempted to prise Rowlands away from Griffin Park earlier this year prior to their unsuccessful play-off bid, but at the time, Bees' manager Wally Downes refused to release him.

However, with Rowlands now a free agent, it is understood personal terms have been agreed and it looks as though the Queens Park Rangers manager has finally got his man.

Rowlands is expected to link up with his new team mates for pre-season training providing he satisfies the QPR medical staff.

It will be interesting to see what sort of reception Martin Rowlands will receive on his return to Griffin Park next season?

In a recent Bee Hive poll, the readers unanimously concluded that Brentford manager Wally Downes was wrong to release Rowlands, but in view of the fact that the midfield playmaker presumably wanted to leave the Bees, what will be the crowd's reaction be upon his return.

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