Once hailed as the next Adel Taarabt at Queens Park Rangers, the lengthy demise of Hogan Ephraim was one of great desperation. Now aged 31, what’s he up to?
A product of the West Ham Youth Academy and ever-present in England’s youth sides, Hogan Ephraim signed for QPR in January 2008 aged 19.
He’d spent the previous season on-loan in West London where he’d scored twice in 13 league games, and then-manager Luigi De Canio was keen to make him a permanent figure at the club.
Ephraim would go on to make over 100 appearances for QPR, becoming a first-team regular in his first three seasons and helping them to the Championship title in 2010/11.
That promotion though would spell the end of Ephraim’s career with QPR, and arguably the end of his footballing career.
He became a serial-loanee having spells at Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and Peterborough United – he even moved to the MLS to spend half-a-season with Toronto FC.
Though in each of these spells, Ephraim couldn’t hold down a starting spot and was subsequently let go by QPR in 2014, after seven seasons with the West Londoners.
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A new club awaited him in Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderer’s. He had a relatively solid season in League Two for the Chairboys, appearing in the play-off final for them that season.
He was offered a new contract in Buckinghamshire but surprisingly, it was turned down by Ephraim.
The winger went missing for a couple of years before signing for National League South side Whitehawk in 2017 – he never played a game for Whitehawk, and left after only a couple of weeks training with them.
He’s without a club now, but regularly posts on his Twitter account here, and clearly still retains some interest in the game.