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MIDFIELDER Michael Doughty has put pen to paper on a new two-year deal at QPR.

The 22 year-old has today (Thursday) signed an extension to his current contract which will keep him at Loftus Road until the summer of 2018.

Doughty – who has been at the club since the age of 14 – made three appearances in the Premier League last season under Chris Ramsey, making his top flight debut during a 2-0 win at Sunderland.

The R’s youth product, who made his first league start for Rangers in August’s 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town, has made seven appearances in all competitions so far in the Sky Bet Championship this season.

Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, Doughty expressed his pride at extending his stay in W12, saying: “I’m obviously delighted, and very grateful to the powers-that-be for showing their faith in me.

“I am really settled here and feel I am improving every day. I am also getting the opportunities to display myself, and I am chomping at the bit for some more. I have been given far more opportunities than I have been used to previously here, and now I really feel part of the first-team set-up.”

Director of Football Les Ferdinand added: “This is a really pleasing one, from a personal point of view. It has been well-documented what we are looking to do here at QPR, and Michael’s recent progress and development are testament to that.

“Michael has worked incredibly hard to make himself a genuine challenger for a first-team slot, and when you look at the calibre of players he is competing with in midfield, he deserves tremendous credit for that.

“He also serves as a fantastic example for the younger age groups here at QPR – he has shown them what can be achieved with the right attitude and a will to learn.

“He is proof that a pathway from the academy to the first team exists – and my aim is to ensure more players follow in his footsteps.”

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