Charlie Austin has caught the eye with some impressive performances for QPR in his loan spell at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The forward signed for the club in the January transfer window on loan from Premier League side West Brom, after struggling for consistent game time with the Baggies.
Austin has gone on to make 17 appearances in total for the Hoops, in what is his second spell with the club, after he spent three years with them earlier in his career.
The 31-year-old has chipped in with five goals to his name in all competitions this term, and will be eager to finish this year’s campaign strongly in the Championship.
Speaking in a recent interview (quotes sourced from West London Sport), Austin revealed that he would like to stick around with QPR, but was keen to be challenging for promotion into the Premier League next season with the Hoops.
“Would I stay? Of course, but it’s got to be about ambition for the club to push on and have a go next year at getting promoted.
“Would I like to stay? Of course, if the opportunity is there. But it all comes down to what the club want to do. I want to have a go and be in a team that’s winning games of football – pretty much what we’ve been doing.
“I want to have a go at getting a team back into the Premier League and then who knows what happens after that. I want to be fighting with a team to get promotion.”
Austin and his QPR team-mates are set to return to action on Saturday, when they take on relegation-threatened Sheffield Wednesday, in what could potentially be a tricky test for Mark Warburton’s side.
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I’ve been really impressed with what I’ve seen from Austin so far in his loan spell with the club, and I think he’s more than capable of firing them up the table from now until the end of this year’s campaign.
It really wouldn’t surprise me if QPR were looking at the possibility of bringing him back to the club for another season, as it looks as though he’s going to find regular minutes hard to come by with West Brom heading into the 2021/22 season.
It’s understandable that he wants to see the Hoops challenging for promotion though.