QPR delighted to have signed 'out-and-out goalscorer' Charlie Austin from Burnley

Harry Redknapp expects striker to raise his game at Loftus Road

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Charlie Austin is set to make his Queen's Park Rangers debut against Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow after sealing his move from Burnley.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp hailed the addition of Austin just two days before the start of the new Sky Bet Championship season, insisting: "Charlie's an out-and-out goalscorer and we're delighted to have him here.

"He's scored goals throughout his career and I'm very confident he'll take his game to the next level with us."

Austin's loss is a big setback for Burnley, with the Clarets seeking to put the disappointment behind them as they begin against prospective title contenders Bolton at Turf Moor.

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle insists he cannot wait to get back in action as the newly-relegated Latics open their campaign away to Barnsley.

Coyle can pick from nine new signings and told his club's official website: "The time has absolutely flown by and to be honest it has been a bit of a whirlwind with the amount of new players coming in."

Reading boss Nigel Adkins insists he is happy with the tab of title favourites for his side, who start their season at home to Ipswich.

Adkins told the Reading Post: "I'm pleased about that because I want to be in the Premier League. Having sampled that for a year we want to be back there.

"This is a very successful period for Reading and we've got to keep building on those foundations."

But unlike Adkins, Leeds boss Brian McDermott is not so keen to see his side paraded as promotion potential, and ahead of his side's game with Brighton he insisted: "I don't think like that, it's like wishing your life away.

"We have to do what we can do and everything else is just talk. There is no point talking about what we can do - we have to do it."

Leeds start at home to Brighton, for whom Oscar Garcia takes charge for the first time, while there is also a new man in the dugout at Millwall where Steve Lomas makes his bow at home to Yeovil.

Watford start the tough task of putting last season's play-off agony out of their mind as they travel to Birmingham, who start life without high-profile summer departures Jack Butland and Nathan Redmond.

Newly-promoted Bournemouth start at home to Charlton while Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough will hope to repeat last season's stunning start as they take on Nigel Pearson's Leicester at the Riverside Stadium.

Doncaster open against Blackpool at the Keepmoat Stadium and Nottingham Forest are at home to Huddersfield. Derby and Blackburn clash on Sunday at Pride Park.

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