GOALKEEPER Aaron Lennox arrived in W12 following a successful trial in August 2011. The Australian, who represented his country at Under-20 level, was rewarded for an assured start to his R’s career with a new two-year deal in January 2013 to extend his stay at Loftus Road until the summer of 2015. A safe pair of hands between the sticks, Lennox appeared nine times for the Elite Development Squad during the 2012/13 campaign.
JOE Lumley – previously on the books of Tottenham Hotspur – came to the fore during the Under-18s title-winning 2012/13 season, boasting the best defensive record in the league. The only member of Steve Gallen’s side to play every single minute of the season, the R’s custodian was unbeaten in each of the final four games en route to play-off glory. Lumley’s form also saw him establish his place in the Elite Development Squad, featuring five times before signing professional terms in May.
A PRODUCT of the R’s youth system, Michael Harriman was handed his senior Rangers debut during a League Cup clash against Rochdale in August 2011 before making his Premier League bow at Wigan Athletic just four days later. The hard-working right-back enjoyed a successful 20-game spell on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in 2012/13 before capping the season with an assured performance in the R’s final day trip to Liverpool. An Under-21 international with the Republic of Ireland, the young defender signed a new two-year contract with Rangers in the summer of 2012, keeping him at Loftus Road until the end of the 2013/14 season.
RANGERS fought off stiff competition to seal the signature of Sam Magri, arriving on a two-year deal from boyhood club Portsmouth in August 2012. An England youth international, the highly-rated defender has represented the Three Lions at every level through to the Under-20s. The full-back became an instant mainstay for the Elite Development Squad following his arrival in west London, wearing the captain’s armband on a regular basis during 14 appearances in the 2012/13 season.
Born: Kingston upon Thames
COMMANDING centre-half Jamie Sendles-White has become a familiar face around the youth team since arriving as a 15-year-old, featuring no fewer than 16 times for the Elite Development Squad during the 2012/13 campaign. The Northern Ireland youth international was rewarded for his dependable displays at the back with his first Under-21 cap for his country in May 2013, shortly before extending his stay at Loftus Road by agreeing a one-year extension.
GERMAN-born ace Max Ehmer signed a contract extension in August 2012, keeping him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2016. Ehmer, who initially joined as a schoolboy at the age of 11, played regularly at Under-16 and Under-18 level, skippering the latter. Equally assured in defence or central midfield, the South West Germany youth international has enjoyed Football League experience during brief loan spells at Yeovil Town, Preston North End and Stevenage in recent seasons.
DOMINANT defender Ben Brown arrived at Loftus Road following his release from Reading in July 2010. Injury disrupted his impact during the 2012/13 campaign, recovering well to re-establish his place at the back for Marc Bircham’s youngsters towards the latter half of the season. The strapping centre-half scored one goal from six outings with the Elite Development Squad last term prior to extending his stay by agreeing a new one-year deal in May.
CAMEROON-born Emmanuel Monthe proved a formidable force for both the Under-18s and Elite Development Squad in 2012/13, racking up a combined 26 appearances. The defender was crucial in the former’s play-off glory, being a key member of the R’s rearguard which leaked just 15 goals from 22 league games. The left-back also became a mainstay in Marc Bircham’s side as a result and was rewarded for his impressive displays with a one-year professional deal in May.
WIDE-MAN Jordan Gibbons has been with the club since the age of 15, recently signing a new deal to extend his stay at Loftus Road until June 2014. The winger featured twice for the Elite Development Squad at the start of the 2012/13 campaign prior to moving on loan for the remainder of the season to SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January.
YOUTH international Michael Doughty signed a new long-term contract at Loftus Road in the summer of 2012, keeping him at Rangers until 2016. The midfielder joined QPR as a schoolboy at the age of 14, featuring at all age groups for the R’s whilst making his Wales bow at Under-19 level. Doughty – who has one first team appearance under his belt prior to 2013/14 – has spent time on loan at Crawley Town, Aldershot Town and St Johnstone in recent years.
Born: Kingston upon Thames
ANOTHER crucial part of the Under-18s’ success in 2012/13, David Fitzpatrick missed just one game for Steve Gallen’s title-winners. The attacking-minded player contributed heavily from midfield, netting seven times in all. Fitzpatrick’s form also earned him a couple of appearances for the Elite Development Squad before extending his stay with a new one-year deal until the end of the 2013/14 season.
ENERGETIC midfield-man Josh Laurent proved the focal point for the Under-18s last season, featuring 20 times before starring as well for the Elite Development Squad towards the latter half of the 2012/13 campaign. The R’s youngster established himself thanks to a host of impressive displays, earning a new deal in May to keep him at Loftus Road until at least the summer of 2014.
YOUTH product Frankie Sutherland – with the club since the age of 10 – signed a two-year contract extension at Loftus Road in the summer of 2012. The set-piece specialist was a mainstay in the Elite Development Squad midfield last term, scoring four times from 19 appearances either side of a brief loan stint at Portsmouth. Sutherland captained Marc Bircham’s side for much of the 2012/13 campaign and has represented the Republic of Ireland at both Under-19 and Under-21 level.
PORTUGUESE-born Bruno Andrade made his professional debut against Preston North End in November 2010 after coming through the ranks at Loftus Road. The pacey winger has previously spent time on loan at Aldershot Town and enjoyed a similar spell at Wycombe Wanderers in 2012/13, featuring 23 times for the Chairboys under the guidance of R’s legend Gareth Ainsworth. Andrade, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2014, has been at the club since January 2008.
CANADIAN playmaker Dylan Carreiro enjoyed an impressive debut season with Rangers after arriving from Toronto in July 2012, playing a central part for both club and country. The midfielder was a regular starter for the title-winning Under-18s, where his displays earned him an international call-up to the CONCACAF U20 Championships in February. Starring alongside R’s team-mate Michael Petrasso, Carreiro marked his return by extending his stay at Loftus Road for another year In May.
MARAUDING winger Michael Petrasso capped his first season with the club by signing professional terms in May to extend his stay at Loftus Road until the summer of 2014. Crucial to the Under-18s league success in 2012/13, Petrasso featured 19 times in all. The Canadian youth international returned from the CONCACAF U20 Championships in February to play an equally impressive role for the Elite Development Squad, opening his account with an exquisite 25-yard lob at Brentford.
MO Shariff, formerly of Slough Town, arrived at QPR as a 17-year-old in September 2010. The skilful winger proved pivotal for the Elite Development Squad in 2012/12, bagging 10 goals from just 16 outings before securing a loan move to Dagenham & Redbridge. Shariff featured four times for the Daggers before returning to W12 in May, signing a one-year extension to his deal at Loftus Road.
AFTER coming through the ranks at Loftus Road, Angelo Balanta signed a new two-year deal with the club in the summer of 2012. The attacker had made 29 senior appearances for Rangers prior to the 2013/14 campaign, scoring three goals, and has enjoyed a number of loan spells away from W12 during his time as a professional. Balanta has represented MK Dons in three separate temporary moves, sandwiched in between time at Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town.
Born: Hemel Hempstead
PROMISING striker Tom Hitchcock flourished in his first season with Rangers after arriving from Blackburn Rovers in July 2012, scoring five goals for the Elite Development Squad prior to a loan move to Bristol Rovers in December. The frontman made 17 appearances in total for the Gas, netting three times – his first-ever league goals – in just seven starts. Hitchcock, son of R’s goalkeeping coach Kevin, penned a new deal in June to extend his stay until the summer of 2014.
PROLIFIC striker Petros Skapetis has found the net on a regular basis since arriving in W12 from South Melbourne in January 2012. The frontman topped the Under-18s scoring charts with 15 goals from 22 games in 2012/13, proving the match-winner in the R’s play-off final win at Loftus Road. Skapetis replicated his form with the Elite Development Squad, averaging a goal every game before penning professional terms with a one-year deal in May 2013.