Charlie Austin discusses short-term future - but what about the long run?

The Queens Park Rangers striker is adamant about January. What about the summer?

Charlie Austin has committed himself wholeheartedly to QPR this season, admitting that he took the decision at the start of the campaign, according to Sky Sports.

That still leaves Austin's long-term future up in arms but, for the time being, the prolific goalscorer says he will remain a QPR player for the rest of the current season.

The 26-year-old netted twice against Brighton on Tuesday night as the R's came back from two goals down to draw 2-2.

Austin told Sky Sports: "I set out at the start [of the season] and I said to Les [Ferdinand] that I'm going to be here for the rest of the season. So I'm not going anywhere."

So what about next summer? Does it depend on QPR going up? Or is Austin on his way out of Loftus Road whatever happens, collecting a signing-on fee and ensuring the R's don't get a transfer fee for his move in the process?

Holding onto the 26-year-old will no doubt be a big boost for the west London side this term. His goalscoring prowess was on show against Brighton, while QPR have been rather goalshy without him.

It will be interesting to see, however, whether there is any long-term future for the striker at Loftus Road. At the moment, it doesn't appear that way. But if things go well under Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink...?

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