QPR's Darnell Furlong relishing first-team action

The emerging right-back is hoping to build on his first two senior appearances over the final stretch of the Premier League campaign.

Queens Park Rangers defender Darnell Furlong has told the club’s official website of his determination to hold onto his starting spot.

Furlong, 19, made his professional debut in last month’s 2-1 defeat at Hull, before earning his second consecutive start for the midweek visit of Arsenal.

Despite another 2-1 loss, the right-back showed clear flashes of potential going forward, delivering a couple of teasing crosses, and, while Alexis Sanchez gave him considerable problems on the night, he never let his head down over the course of the 90 minutes.

With Mauricio Isla and Nedum Onouha both struggling with injuries, the former trainee could retain his place for tomorrow’s home clash with Tottenham Hotspur if he himself can shake off a calf knock, and he admits that his first taste of senior football has made him eager for more opportunities.

“Now I’ve made my first couple of appearances, it’s whet the appetite,” he said.“I’m so much more hungry now. Not that I wasn’t before, but when you get the taste of first-team football, you want it so much more.

“I know I’ve still got miles to go, I’ve got to keep working hard. I just don’t want this to end.”

Furlong’s promise is said to have attracted the interest of Newcastle United in recent weeks, per the Daily Mirror, prompting QPR to start talks over a new long-term deal for their star prospect.

Father Paul, who scored 58 goals in 183 appearances for the Hoops between 2002 and 2007, is the club’s current Under-18s boss, and believes Loftus Road is the best place for his son’s development at the moment.

“I’ve now seen Darnell train with the First Team and the Under-21s,” he said. “He takes it all in his stride and with people like Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand looking after him and taking him under their wing, it’s been a massive benefit to him.”

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