Queens Park Rangers have today confirmed that youngsters Joe Felix and Mickel Platt have joined Evo-Stik South side Hartley Wintney on loan deals.
The duo are involved in the U23 side at Loftus Road but have both agreed to drop down to non-league level as they search for competitive football.
Felix is a 19-year-old right-back who joined the R’s from London rivals Fulham this summer after an impressive few years at Craven Cottage.
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He has signed a deal with Hartley Wintney that will keep him at the club until January 7.
Meanwhile, Platt, who is an attacking midfielder, has moved on a work experience agreement that means he will stay with his new side until the end of January.
The 18-year-old was a shining light for the R’s U18 side last season, where he notched ten goals in the campaign.
Both deals can be assessed depending on the players progress over the next few weeks.
They are joining up with their new side currently 12th in the league and seven points away from the play-offs as they gear up for what will be a very busy Christmas period.
This is a good move for the players as it will take them out of their comfort zone and into a really competitive league.
Obviously, working at QPR can have benefits but this will expose the players to another side of football.
It will be challenging and will push the pair but it will help their development and those at QPR will be interested to see how they cope in a new environment.
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