The 25-year-old had the ball in the net three times against Manchester City, although he only finished the game with one official strike to his name.
Having joined the R’s from Burnley in 2013, the £4 million signing has been a revelation, aiding the West Londoners' promotion from the Championship - with 17 goals in 31 games - and making the step up to the top flight, with six goals in 10 games this term.
Upon signing at Loftus Road, the former Non League man was offered a contract believed to be worth around £28,000-a-week, tieing him down to 2016, but the club are keen to deter any interested parties by extending his deal to 2018 - whilst almost doubling his wages.
His goalscoring feats in the Premier League have caught the attention of top flight clubs, and, despite missing out on inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the ongoing international break, many are touting him for a potential Three Lions call up should his form continue in the coming months.
Having already seen Loic Remy depart the club this season, the R’s are keen on keeping Austin on their books to aid their fight to avoid relegation from the top flight, and they are grateful that his current deal holds no release clause - unlike Remy’s, who left the club for Chelsea for just £10.5 million. There are also fears that he may be forced to leave for a cut-price if the club suffer relegation this season, with Premier League clubs able to offer top flight football to the man who would have just one-year left on his deal come the close of the season.