Michael Doughty may have risen through the ranks at Queens Park Rangers after first joining the club at the age of 14 but his career so far hardly bodes well for a long-term future at Loftus Road.
The 24-year-old has had eight different loan spells away from the capital club since 2011 after all. However, with Ian Holloway now back in charge, at least Doughty can harbour some hope of making a long-awaited impact at the club he has spent ten years representing.
After all, the genial gaffer did not wait around to exercise a clause enabling him to bring Doughty back to Loftus Road halfway through a season-long loan at Swindon Town this season.
“I watched (fellow Swindon loanee) Darnell Furlong and Michael Doughty. I was buzzing! They played so well the both of them,” Holloway told West London Sport after watching the youngster’s in action in a 3-0 win against Charlton Athletic in January.
“It was like, ‘wow!’. Fantastic. They’re tender but the young one (Doughty) has got 140 games under his belt already.”
The midfielder featured just four times under Holloway after returning to Loftus Road five months ago and, with the manager admitting recently that he is targeting up to four new additions, you wonder whether this could force Doughty out again.
After all, QPR are hardly short of central midfielders with the club still yet to see the best of former Manchester United prospects Sean Goss and Ravel Morrison.
Therefore, if Doughty leaves the club again this summer, it appears unlikely that he will return.