The Championship top scorer became one of the most sought-after players during the summer, with his 18 Premier League goals last season prompting widespread interest among clubs and supporters.
As deadline day approached, amazingly Austin was still a QPR player and even turned down the opportunity to sign for Crystal Palace following a late bid, as reported by the Independent.
Speaking now after what must have been the most stressful summer in Austin’s career, he admirably tells the Daily Mail he is not disappointed at missing out on a quick return to the top flight.
"I'm not disappointed. It's a decision I've taken, with my family and agent. If the move happened, it was going to be big but it wasn't something I was going to rush in to," he explained.
"I spoke to Les Ferdinand and told him if the move was not right then I wasn't going. But I also knew he had to do everything to get the best for QPR."
What now for Charlie Austin?
After missing out on the likes of Crystal Palace and West Ham, Austin’s primary objective now must be to be at his very best for QPR and continue finding the back of the net with regularity.
Either he helps the team earn an immediate return to the Premier League via promotion, or his goals prompt yet more offers either this January or next summer, depending on the situation.
The striker’s recent spat with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan mean a proposed switch to the Hammers is not likely to happen anytime soon, though Spurs’ lack of firepower may open up a new window this January. And Newcastle or Crystal Palace may review their situation later, too...