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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sterling Says He's Happy at QPR...Marshall Set for QPR

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Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - Sterling example for club and country
- TEENAGE sensation Raheem Sterling plans to stay with QPR despite speculation that the Premier League's big boys are keen to sign him.

The 14-year-old from Neasden has leapt into the spotlight after making his debut for both the England under-16 side and Rangers' reserve team during the past fortnight.

Sterling cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 16 in December 2010, but he told the Times: "I just want to stay at QPR for the moment and go from there.

"Everyone's been pretty nice - they all just treat me like one of them and want me to do my best. I'd like to play a few more games for the reserves and do well in training and play for the first team eventually.

"Jim Magilton has watched me play and train and he said 'keep doing what you're doing - I'm not afraid to chuck young players in the first team'. If it happened, I'd just have to be a bit smarter than normal."

Sterling, who is studying for his GCSEs at Copland Community School, Wembley, has progressed rapidly through the QPR ranks under youth development manager Steve Gallen.

And the teenager revealed that veteran Gareth Ainsworth - who played alongside him when he made his debut for the reserves against Crawley Town last week, has also had a significant influence.

"When Gareth Ainsworth was caretaker manager last year, he used to come and watch the under-16s train and since then he's been pushing me on," Sterling added. "He says he wants to see me in the first team before he leaves the club."

The Rangers youngster set up England's second goal in a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland that means the under-16s will retain the Victory Shield as long as they avoid defeat against Scotland next week.

See Thursday's Times for the full interview Kilburn Times

Kilburn Times/Dave McIntyre and Ben Kosky - Rangers court Marshall again
- QPR are looking to sign a goalkeeper on loan - with former trialist Andy Marshall among the candidates under consideration.

Marshall, who spent time at Loftus Road in the summer, is one of several keepers Rangers have shortlisted as possible short-term options following the departure of Tom Heaton.

Heaton returned to Manchester United last week following the end of his three-month loan spell at Rangers, and was immediately loaned to League Two promotion chasers Rochdale.

The Rs are interested in bringing him back to west London when the transfer window opens in January, either as a permanent signing or on loan for the remainder of the season.

But they need cover for first-choice stopper Radek Cerny during the interim period and were expected to contact Aston Villa about Marshall this week.

The 34-year-old was offered a one-year contract by QPR before the start of the season but instead agreed a move to Villa, where he has not made a first-team appearance.

Marshall is well known to Rangers manager Jim Magilton, having played alongside him at Ipswich for three seasons before moving on to Millwall and Coventry.

Several other goalkeepers have also been identified as potential signings should an approach for Marshall prove unsuccessful.

At least one loan signing is likely to be completed ahead of Saturday's game at Doncaster, with a midfielder also a priority following news that Gavin Mahon faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The former Watford man underwent a knee operation this week and will be out for an estimated four months, while striker Rowan Vine will miss the trip to the Keepmoat Stadium following a minor hernia operation. Kilburn Times

Kilburn Times/Ben Kosky - Bean Backing Cook
Cookie's still got a big part to play
- FORMER QPR midfielder Marcus Bean is backing his friend Lee Cook to help the Rs reach the top flight at the end of the season.

Cook has yet to feature this campaign after undergoing a knee operation in the summer, but has now resumed running and is in line to challenge for a first-team place next month.

And Bean, who is a regular in the Brentford side just a few miles down the road, told the Times: "Cookie's had a horrendous time with injuries and I'm really sad for him. Fingers crossed he'll be able to get himself fit and hopefully break into the side around January because he's a great player.

"He's had problems for a couple of years but when he is fit he's by far the best left-winger outside the Premier League.

"I'm gutted for him that he didn't get a chance in the Premier League with Fulham but it'll come for him again, I think - QPR have got a good chance this season."

Bean was struggling himself with a groin injury during the summer, but has signed a new two-year deal at Brentford since regaining fitness.

He added: "I turn up to work and I'm happy - that's the main thing in any job. You get better productivity out of people when they're happy and I'm enjoying my football. Kilburn Times

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