Speaking in March of last year, Welsh international centre-back Chris Mepham recounted how he was cruelly rejected by the club of his dreams: Queens Park Rangers.
"That’s my boyhood team,” Mepham told the Guardian.
“They had a meeting with me and said: 'When we come to sign someone, we look at one thing which we might try and develop. But we can’t see anything we can work on with you.'
"That was very hard to hear.”
Just ten months after opening up about his disappointment at Loftus Road, Mepham has certainly made QPR eat their words.
After a short transfer saga, the 21-year-old has made the step up to the Premier League, joining Bournemouth for a fee of £12 million after emerging as one of the Championship’s most talented defenders at Brentford (Sky).
So no wonder many QPR fans are wondering what might have been. Mepham is not the first player to who has slipped through their grasp after all.
Raheem Sterling was a QPR player before becoming a bona fide Premier League star at Liverpool and Manchester City while West London Sport point out that Stuart Pearce, Albert Adomah and John Barnes were all boyhood fans – like the £12 million man Mepham.
Barnes was even rejected after a brief trial period, before establishing himself as Liverpool legend and an England regular. QPR fans may be hoping Mepham doesn’t follow in his or Sterling’s footsteps.
No shock as our scouts seem to take advice from Stevie Wonder— Truth and Justice (@number8buser) January 22, 2019
I think we are worse than most though, Chris.— Truth and Justice (@number8buser) January 22, 2019
All clubs make the odd hiccup. But Qpr seem to go the extra yard— Truth and Justice (@number8buser) January 22, 2019
"Chris Mepham was told by Queens Park Rangers they couldn't find a single attribute of his to work on"— Peter Jeffery (@PeterJeffery7) January 22, 2019
Nailed it https://t.co/h72kJaZmnw
Prior to Mepham, you have to go back some years. I wonder how Fulham felt selling @RodneyMarsh10 for £15K and seeing what he did after that!— Chris Crees (@superhoop50) January 22, 2019
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