JERMAINE Jenas is putting in extra work at Harlington this week in a bid to convince QPR manager Harry Redknapp he is worthy of a starting role at Swansea City on Saturday.
The 29 year-old midfielder came off the bench to make his debut against Norwich City last weekend and looked comfortable in the middle of the park.
Now he wants to kick on and show R’s fans what he can do.
Regarded as an energetic and creative player, Jenas was used in a holding role against the Canaries but he told www.qpr.co.uk
: “Harry knows me as a player and when he wants me to go out there and be box-to-box, he’ll tell me.
“But the Norwich game was very on-the-edge and it was more about holding positions, keeping the ball and trying to sustain attacks.
“We had Adel (Taarabt), Andros (Townsend), (Jamie) Mackie and Bobby (Zamora) pushing on so it was important I picked my times.
“Hopefully there will be games which are a little more free-flowing where I will be able to make a few more runs, but I had a different role on Saturday.”
Jenas was also full of praise for Taarabt, who was at the centre of creativity for the R’s.
The Moroccan saw his well-struck penalty brilliantly saved by Norwich-stopper Mark Bunn during the second half and Jenas said: “In the situation we are in we need everything we can get but I will never, ever criticise a player who steps up to take a penalty because they’re courageous to do it, especially given the position we are in at the minute.
“I thought Adel was fantastic and it’s just a shame he couldn’t round off his performance with the goal.”
Reflecting on his own performance - his first competitive appearance in more than two months -Jenas said: “I was delighted to get out there for half an hour. I felt composed and felt I kept the ball well. Now I will build from there.
“It was my first game since November, so it’s been a while. But I’ll be doing extra work in training throughout this week and trying to get myself to that level where the manager feels I am in a position to start.
“I know what my body needs, and if it needs more to get my fitness levels up, then I’ll do more.”