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CONOR Washington joined QPR just four years after being a part-time footballer and full-time postman.
The 23 year-old has enjoyed something of a meteoric rise since playing for St Ives in the eighth tier of English football. During a two-year spell with the Saints in the Southern Football League, Washington hit an incredible 64 goals in just 60 games.
Such a remarkable strike-rate was always going to alert the attentions of professional clubs, and it was League Two side Newport County who made the move on the then 20 year-old.
In Washington’s first season with the club, he scored once as he found his feet in the professional game and in the following campaign – the 2012/13 season – Washington’s form in the first half of the season for the Exiles attracted the interest of Peterborough United in League One.
Washington netted seven goals for the County before his January switch to the Posh, and in the remaining half of that campaign, he scored a further five times – including one in the play-off semi-final second leg, as Peterborough lost out to Leyton Orient.
In 2013/14, Washington’s game moved up another level. In his first full season in League One, he scored 12 goals as Peterborough narrowly missed out on a play-off spot.
He followed up that impressive campaign with 13 goals the next season before a remarkable 15 goals in 31 games for Peterborough led to Rangers signing him for an undisclosed fee in the 2016 winter transfer market.
The powerfully-built forward has scored two goals for his country and lead the line for the Green and White army in France 2016, as Northern Ireland qualified for the European Championships for the first time in its history.