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. A safe pair of hands between the sticks, Lennox appeared eight times for the Elite Development Squad during the 2013/14 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 rewarded with his first professional contract in May 2013. Lumley quickly established himself as first-choice with the Under-21s, appearing 13 times en route to his second Professional Development League Two play-off final in successive seasons.
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 14 times for the Elite Development Squad during the 2013/14 campaign. The Northern Ireland youth international has also impressed on the international stage, representing his country at Under-21 level before penning a new one-year contact at Loftus Road in June 2014.
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.
LEFT-footed Cole Kpekawa put pen to paper on his first professional contract during the summer following an impressive season at both Under-18 and Under-21 level. Kpekawa, who celebrated title success at Loftus Road under Steve Gallen’s stewardship in May 2013, featured 22 times for the Youth Team last season, scoring six goals. The defender also established himself in the Elite Development Squad, making eight appearances.
SCOTTISH teenager Coll Donaldson joined from Livingston in January 2014, agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal before making his QPR debut on the final day of the regular 2013/14 season. The centre-half had featured 24 times in the SPL prior to his arrival in W12, where he went on to make nine Under-21s appearances – playing a pivotal part in the R’s run to the Professional Development League Two play-offs.
FULL-back Darnell Furlong was one of five youngsters to sign professional terms in the summer after impressing at both Under-18 and Under-21 level. Furlong – son of R’s legend Paul – led by example last term as Youth Team captain, leading Rangers to second in the league after skippering the young R’s to silverware Stateside in the Newark International Soccer Classic. The defender’s performances earned him a call-up to the Elite Development Squad, making 11 appearances in all.
YOUNGSTER Harly Wise put pen to paper on his first professional contract in March 2014. The centre-back – a lifelong QPR fan – signed a one-year deal at Loftus Road, where he has been with the club since the age of seven. Wise was a part of the title-winning Under-18s team in 2012/13, for which he featured 24 times last season in between making his Under-21s debut in January 2014.
WIDE-MAN Jordan Gibbons has been with the club since the age of 15, recently signing a new one-year deal after skippering the Under-21s to the Professional Development League Two play-off final. The winger, who has previously spent time on loan at SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle, was given the captain’s armband for the second-half of the campaign, making 18 appearances in all.
YOUTH product Frankie Sutherland – with the club since the age of 10 – has been a mainstay in the Elite Development Squad in recent seasons, scoring four times from 19 appearances either side of a brief loan stint at Portsmouth during the 2012/13 campaign. Sutherland, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at both Under-19 and Under-21 level, appeared three times for the Under-21s last term before injury whilst on loan at Leyton Orient ended the midfielder’s season early.
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 Stevenage either side of a spell at Wycombe Wanderers in 2012/13 under the guidance of R’s legend Gareth Ainsworth. Andrade, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2015, has been at the club since January 2008.
MICHAEL Petrasso made his First Team debut at Barnsley in May 2014 fresh from putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract. The Canadian U20 international enjoyed two successful loan spells at Oldham Athletic and Coventry City during the 2013/14 campaign, scoring twice in 22 appearances during his stint in League One including the winner on his Football League debut. The pacey winger also shone at Under-21 level, providing 10 goals from just 15 starts.
TOUGH-tackling Brandon Comley was amongst those to sign his first professional contract last summer after helping both the Under-18s and Under-21s to the Professional Development League Two play-offs. Comley, who was part of the Under-18s squad which celebrated title success under Steve Gallen the previous season, scored three goals for the Youth Team during the 2013/14 campaign which also saw the midfielder make six appearances for the Elite Development Squad.
MIDFIELD ace Aaron Mitchell topped the Under-18s goalscoring charts with 11 in the league last season, adding to the five goals – including a hat-trick against Inter Milan – he netted in the Newark International Soccer Classic. Mitchell bagged two for the Under-21s during the 2013/14 campaign, playing his part in a second play-off final at Loftus Road in successive years.
Born: Hemel Hempstead
FORWARD Ben Pattie joined from Hemel Hempstead in September 2013, signing terms until the summer of 2015. The young striker scored four goals from just seven starts during his debut season with the Under-18s, whilst featuring twice from the bench for the Under-21s.