After a disappointing Premier League campaign ending in a return to the Championship, QPR turn to youth as the rebuilding process begins.
Faced with the prospect of losing several of their more established players and reflecting on expensive transfers with little return, the West London outfit have seemingly embraced a new approach with a whole host of young players being offered contract extensions.
Darnell Furlong is most notable. Voted EDS Young Player of the Year by fans after only making his Premier League debut in February, the right-back has signed a two-year extension on his current deal.
Goalkeeper Joe Lumley has also agreed a new two-year deal, with Aaron Mitchell, James Haran, Harly Wise and Jake Mulraney all extending their stay for an additional 12 months. Promising youngsters Michael Harriman, Frankie Sutherland, Brandon Comley and Ben Pattie have also been rewarded with deals.
U-18’s quartet George Butler, Nathan Corkery, Osman Kakay and Olamide Shodipo have all signed one-year professional contracts. While second-year scholars Addison Garnett, Andreas Komomidikis, Conor Hudnott, Martin Herdman and Callum O’Sullivan have been offered one-year extensions.
It appears a new philosophy is in place at Loftus Road. In Chris Ramsay and Les Ferdinand, QPR have two men well versed in youth football who recognise that a solid foundation of young talent produced within the club is key for the side’s long-term sustainability.