Les Ferdinand says Darnell Furlong only played for Queens Park Rangers as they had no other options

Darnell Furlong has made four first team appearances for Queens Park Rangers so far.

Director of Football Les Ferdinand has insisted to Get West London that Queens Park Rangers’ young players will continue to go out on loan to gain first-team experience.

QPR have struggled to produce prospects through their academy system in recent years, and they have chosen to loan out a number of their brightest talents to clubs across the Football League, rather than utilise them in their own first-team this season.

The likes of Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty have both been moved out on loan this season, and Ferdinand insists that this policy is set to remain for the coming years.

“Unless you go out on loan, you ain’t going to get the experience you need for the first team, hence why managers won’t trust you - that’s why a lot of our boys are on loan,” he said.

Furlong did actually receive his chance in the first-team towards the back end of last campaign, and he impressed in the Premier League.

However, Ferdinand says that the defender was only handed an opportunity in the senior squad as Rangers had no other options.

"I know Darnell played a couple of games for us at the end of the season, but’s that’s because we had no one else,” the former Spurs striker added. “He wasn’t ready to play but he had to.”

Furlong has spent most of this campaign on loan in League Two, although he did play once for QPR in their League Cup match against Carlisle United back in August.

The 20-year-old has enjoyed spells with both Northampton Town and Cambridge United, and he has impressed throughout his time with both sides.

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