Ferdinand admits disappointment that QPR youth prospect Josh Laurent left


Josh Laurent left Queens Park Rangers to join Brentford.

Queens Park Rangers' head of football operations Les Ferdinand has told the club's official site that he was disappointed to see Josh Laurent leave the club. 

Laurent departed Loftus Road to join Brentford this month and Ferdinand has admitted he was sad to see him leave.

The former striker revealed today that he had spoken to Laurent to try and change his mind, but the damage had been done by previous employees of the club who had deemed him not good enough. 

“When Chris [Ramsey] and I came into the club, we watched the boys train and he was one of the boys we looked at and thought he had something,” Ferdinand said to QPR's website.

“He had already been told he could leave the club by the previous regime, who didn’t feel he was going to make the grade. We came in and thought differently. Football is all about opinions, and in our opinion we felt he was good enough.

“Unfortunately I was unable to convince him that there would be a pathway, and he opted to go to Brentford. We are obviously disappointed to lose him but we wish him all the best, and hopefully he will go on to be a decent player.”

Laurent is yet to make a senior appearance for Brentford, but he will be optimistic of making the grade at his new club. 

The move could look even better at the end of the season too, as QPR and Brentford could swap positions. 

At the moment the R's are in the Premier League relegation zone, while Brentford are battling for a play-off spot and if Laurent is able to look down on his former employees at the end of the campaign he will feel his decision has already been vindicated. 

To lose a prospect of his apparent class is a bitter blow for QPR, as their academy system has grown stagnant in recent times.

The R's have failed to develop any meaningful talent into their first team for some time, but Ferdinand insists things are going to change in that respect. 

"Our reputation is about to change, it will change," he said. "That’s part of the reason I am here."

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