QPR fullback Luke Young is delighted to have Joey Barton as captain.

Playing alongside the explosive Barton was one of the big attractions for Young as he prepared to leave Aston Villa.

"Joey is probably as close to the all-round midfielder as you can get," claimed Young.

"He has grown up a lot. He's 29 now and he knows the mistakes he has made are in the past. Hopefully he has learned from them and he'll be looking to have a really strong season because he's still got international ambitions.

"We've done really well to get hold of him. He's got a bit of everything. He creates a lot of goals and that's one thing we're going to need in this league."