Karl Henry tips QPR to be promotion contenders next season but admits his future at Loftus Road is uncertain

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The 33-year-old is out of contract with the Championship club in the summer.

Karl Henry has claimed that Queens Park Rangers will be in promotion contention next season, but admitted that he may not be part of the side that attempts to get back to the Premier League, Get West London reports.

The veteran midfielder is out of contract at Loftus Road in the summer (via Get West London). And while he insisted that he would love to stay - especially as he is backing Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to lead the team to success next season - he conceded that he has held no discussions with the Championship side regarding a new deal.

"I've not had any word from the club. I'm sure I’ll knock on the door at some stage," he told Get West London.

"My contract is up and, if they want me, I'd love to be a part of things. We'll see how the rest of the season goes and what they want to do.

"Fingers crossed I can be here next year. If not, I think the club will have a great chance next season.

"I don't want to put pressure on the manager, but I think the way things are going, to come in halfway through the season is tough. With a good pre-season behind him and players he's added, I can see next season being a really good one."

With the club's play-off hopes dashed this season, the former Burton boss may well be turning his attention to building a squad that is not only capable of challenging for a top six spot next season, but also has the potential to progress further to ideally enable the club to enjoy a prolonged period at the highest level.

And while the 33-year-old's experience could be valuable as he has helped the Hoops earn promotion to the top flight on a previous occasion, Hasselbaink would be forgiven for questioning whether it would be in the team's best interests for the former Wolves man to stay.

The Dutchman may decide to use someone younger in the holding midfield role in future so they get a full season of first-team football under their belt in preparation for the step-up that would come if they do manage to get promoted as Henry will be well into the twilight of his career when Rangers' next opportunity to go up comes around. 

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