LONDON (AP) — Queens Park Rangers is hoping to prove it has learned from its mistakes on its return to the Premier League.
QPR became entangled in huge debts the last time it was in the top flight, in the 2012-13 season when signing big names on massive contracts backfired spectacularly. The team finished bottom of the standings on 25 points, 14 adrift of safety, and Malaysian owner Tony Fernandes was chastened.
Back in the Premier League after just one season, the London club has taken a wiser, more scrupulous approach in its bid to keep its place in England's lucrative top division.
"We are determined not to make those mistakes again," said manager Harry Redknapp, who failed to prevent the team getting relegated after coming in midway through that season. "I think Tony and the board have learned from that so we have got to make sure this time, as best we can, we make the right decisions and get the right characters in here."
Rio Ferdinand, released by Manchester United, heads the list of shrewd arrivals that also includes fellow center back Steven Caulker from relegated Cardiff City for 8.5 million pounds ($14.3 million) and Chile right back Mauricio Isla on loan from Juventus after impressive showings at the World Cup. Jordon Mutch also moved from Cardiff to bolster the midfield.
Loic Remy and Adel Taarabt return from spells on loan and Redknapp must decide whether to retain their mercurial talents or move them on to keep harmony in the squad.
QPR won last season's playoff final at Wembley Stadium thanks to Bobby Zamora's last-minute strike, a goal that has been valued to 130 million pounds ($220 million) because of the rewards on offer in the Premier League.
"Staying in the Premier League would be a good season," Redknapp said. "It's a tough division and we have to get back in there and stay in there."
In: Steven Caulker (Cardiff), Jordan Mutch (Cardiff), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Mauricio Isla (Juventus on loan).
Out: Yossi Benayoun (Maccabi Haifa), Esteban Granero (Real Sociedad), Gary O'Neil (Norwich), Stephane Mbia (released).