Northern Ireland under-21 defender Chris Paul has signed a one-year contract extension with Championship side Queens Park Rangers which will keep him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2018.
The 19-year-old, who joined the south-London side August after being released by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season, was naturally delighted to have secured a new deal
“It’s really pleasing to get the deal signed,” admitted the Enfield-born right-back, who made his debut for Jim Magilton’s under-21 side back in September. “Since I came in from Spurs, things have progressed well for me on a personal level.
“The old gaffer (Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink) liked me and I was in and around the first-team squad, and now there’s another opportunity for me to impress the new gaffer (Ian Holloway).
“Coming into a club like QPR and seeing young players being given a chance is fantastic for someone like myself,” added Paul, “We’re all learning all of the time and there’s a good feeling amongst the youngsters here.”
Although he has still to make his full QPR debut he has been a member of the first-team squad on five occasions this term and is determined to make the breakthrough sooner rather than later.
“I've been on the bench a number of times now the next step is to try and force my way into the team and make my debut.
“I just need to keep pushing, keep trying to impress, and try and take any opportunities that come my way.”