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08:52 23rd April 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Young defender – currently on loan at Wycombe – targets first team breakthrough next term ...

MICHAEL Harriman has arguably been QPR’s biggest beneficiary this season when it comes to the loan system.

The young right-back – former captain of our Under-18s – has made 19 starts for Wycombe Wanderers since moving to Adams Park for the remainder of the campaign in January.

His impact has been such that the 20-year-old is viewed, by most Chairboys fans at least, to be one of the leading contenders for their supporters’ player of the season award.

“That’s really pleasing – especially as I’ve only been at the club since Janaury,” Harriman said.

“I’ll always put a shift in and it’s nice to get positive feedback.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing regular first team football. It’s been a great experience for me and it’s helping better my game.

“I can feel myself getting better with every game I play and I’m growing in confidence. 

“League football has helped develop the defensive side of my game. I think I’m more solid than I was before and my overall game is getting better as well.

“Adapting to the physical aspect of league football is important too. I’m not the biggest and this loan spell has given me the chance of finding a different way to stop and beat players.”

Wycombe, of course, are now managed by Gareth Ainsworth – somewhat of a favourite on the Loftus Road terraces.

Speaking about our former midfielder - who made over 150 appearances for the R’s in just under seven years at Loftus Road – Harriman added: “He’s been great.

“He’s a bit of a legend at QPR. He’s always confident and upbeat and that keeps the boys buzzing too. It’s good to play under.

“He’s played a big part in helping progress my game. He knows football inside out and having been a winger, he tells me what they don’t like to come up against.”

Wycombe close their League Two season this Saturday with the visit of Port Vale to Adams Park.

Harriman - back at Rangers after the weekend - concluded: “The aim was to return to QPR with much more experience than when I left.

“Hopefully I can be pushing for a place in the QPR squad come pre-season.”

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