Michael Harriman says he’s looking forward to a “special occasion” when his former club Queens Park Rangers visit Adams Park on Friday night.The right-sided player developed through the youth system at Loftus Road and ended a lengthy spell with the club when he made his loan move to Wycombe permanent in January.
Now he’s set to become reacquainted with old friends when the two teams meet for the Blues’ third pre-season friendly, and it’s a night he’s excited about:
“It will be a bit weird for me because whenever I’ve played in a QPR match I’ve always played for them, so the first time being on the other side will be a special occasion!” he told Chairboys PlayerHD. “I had some fantastic years there and learnt a lot.”
The reunion also sees Matt Ingram return to Adams Park for the first time as a player on the opposition side, although he was a frequent visitor towards the end of last season after his switch to QPR in January.
“You always like to see players doing well and Matty worked hard for Wycombe, so he deserved his chance and he’s taken it. I’m pleased for him and it’ll be nice to see him,” he added.
QPR arrive three days after fellow West London outfit Brentford left Adams Park with a draw following a hard-fought 90 minutes, a match that Harriman feels benefitted the Chairboys and gave them the result they deserved.
“It was a good test for us against a Championship side; we had different teams in each half but all the boys have everything and I thought we matched them, which is reflected in the result.
“At the moment we’re focusing on getting fit and we’ve still got a while until the first league game. Tactics will come but we’re just getting as many minutes under our belts as we can.”
Despite being a relative newcomer to the squad in terms of his permanent acquisition six months ago, the 23-year-old is an integral part of the group having played 69 times including his two loan spells, and says the new arrivals at Adams Park this summer have adapted well to their new surroundings:
“It’s a tight-knit squad and we had that week away all together in France so the boys have been made to feel so welcome. It’s been fantastic and they feel like home. That’s important for us as the quicker we can gel, the quicker we can get up the league. We focus on our jobs, we trust our management staff to bring in the right people and we’ll have the best squad we can for the first game of the season.”
Watch his full interview on Chairboys PlayerHD.