REECE Grego-Cox celebrated fulfilling a childhood dream after earning his first professional contract at Loftus Road.
The Hammersmith-born striker, who hails from a family of QPR fans, admits it’s a ‘great feeling’ having put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal at the club he’s supported since a boy.
“My Mum’s a QPR fan so I’ve supported them since I was little,” he told www.qpr.co.uk. “I went to games when I was young and I’ve always followed them through the years when I was growing up.
“It’s really weird actually. Growing up watching QPR and then being in the position you wish you were, playing for QPR. It’s a great feeling.”
It follows another impressive season for the Under-18s frontman after establishing himself as a regular amongst the Under-21s, weighing in with four goals from seven starts for Steve Gallen’s side this term.
Grego-Cox - on target in Monday's friendly win over Southend United - says he’s just pleased to play his part, adding: “I think it’s gone well.
“I’ve been scoring goals, helping them out and getting noticed which has been good.
“Playing against older, stronger boys has improved me a lot as a player and my understanding of the game. I feel like I’ve got stronger and I know the game better from a year ago.”
Grego-Cox has also impressed on the international stage.
The 18 year-old, who has represented the Republic of Ireland from Under-17 level, scored twice during last month’s UEFA U19 Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Switzerland.
“Playing international football is a lot different from club football,” he said.
“It’s been a really good test for me. It’s improved me a lot as a player, playing against players at my age across the world. Hopefully I can keep it going.”
The youngster, who has been at the club since the age of 13, admits turning pro is reward for years of dedication and hard work.
After agreeing terms until the summer of 2017, Grego-Cox intends to continue to make the most of the opportunity he’s been given.
He added: "ll I wanted to do when I was younger was to play professionally, and I’m really glad it’s happened.
“I’ve been working hard throughout my scholarship. My view is the more hard work you put in, the more you get out of it. I just have to keep working hard now.”