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QPR SIGN POMPEY YOUNGSTER

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09:15 31st August 2012

by @OfficialQPR

Highly-rated England youth international joins

QPR have completed the signing of highly-rated England youth international Sam Magri.

The cultured centre-half has signed a two-year professional contract following his release from Portsmouth.

Magri, who spurned the advances down a couple of other Premier League clubs in favour of a move to Loftus Road, told www.qpr.co.uk: “I’m really excited to be here.

“QPR are really going places as a club and I’m looking forward to writing the next chapter of my career here.

“I just want to keep learning and progressing as a player. The new under-21 league is a great platform for young players like myself and I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates and start playing.”

R's Head Coach of Elite Development, Marc Bircham, told www.qpr.co.uk: "I have seen Sam play quite a few times and he is a player of potential. He is an excellent addition for us.

"His arrival is an example of what we are trying to do as a football club. The first team are working hard to raise the standard of their squad and we are doing the same at Academy level.

"Sam enjoys the art of defending but he is also comfortable on the ball and I think every modern day centre back needs to have that now.

"There were a number of clubs in England interested in Sam so the fact he has come here shows how QPR is looked upon now by players at other teams.

"We have got some really big aspirations here and we are working hard to fulfil them."

Magri, 18, joined Pompey as a youth player and moved up through the ranks in their Academy.

During the 2011/12 season, he was involved in several first team squads, but was forced to wait for his first professional appearance until earlier this season, in a Capital One Cup tie against Plymouth Argyle.

On the international stage, Magri captained the England under-16 side during the successful Victory Shield campaign of 2009 and also travelled to France in March 2010 to help England reach the Final of the Montaigu Tournament, where they lost to Portugal on penalties.

Since then, he has accrued 22 England under-17 caps, featuring in the 2011 World Cup in Mexico.

He made his debut for the under-18s versus Slovakia in November and is currently on standby for the next England under-19 fixture.

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