QPR striker Charlie Austin Tweets former club Poole Town congratulations

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The now Premier League striker came through the non-league ranks.

QPR striker Charlie Austin has taken to Premier League football like a duck to water since helping the London club to promotion last season.

The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals in 20 appearances for the club this term and is also being mentioned as a possible England international in the not so distant future.

But it should come as no surprise just how well he is doing, he tends to adapt to whatever situation he ends up in. The Berkshire born striker had to make it to the professional ranks the hard way. He signed for QPR from Burnley, but that came after spells at Swindon Town, Poole Town, Hungerford Town and Kintbury Rangers. So Austin certainly had to climb the ladder to get to where he is today.

However, he doesn't forget his roots. Austin is known as one of the more grounded footballers about, perhaps because of the way he reached his peak, so it was no surprise to see him paying homage to former club Poole earlier today, via his official Twitter account:

Austin has certainly come a long way since leaving Poole, for whom he scored 64 goals in 57 appearances, as he is now the biggest hope QPR have of surviving the drop from the Premier League.

Here's hoping that one of football's good guys continues to grow, but never forgets his roots.

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