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Charlie's hopes for exciting season ahead

QPR striker Charlie Austin insists he's as determined as ever after rejoining the club on a permanent basis earlier this week.

After scoring eight goals in 21 appearances on loan from West Bromwich Albion, Austin returns to W12 with a clear objective heading into the 2021/22 Championship campaign - continue in what was promotion form during the second half of 2019/20.

"The fire in the belly is still there - and it's probably greater than ever now," Charlie told www.qpr.co.uk.

"We didn't exactly achieve anything last season, but we climbed away from the position we were in and that's given everyone in the dressing room the belief.

"There's an exciting future ahead and it's about what can we achieve next season now? We want to take what we did for the second half of last season and replicate that for the whole of the coming season."

Far from tarnishing his reputation at QPR since his January homecoming, Austin now has the opportunity to etch his name into Rangers folklore that bit more.

"If things would have stayed as they were [for the team], it wouldn't have been right for the club to sign me now - just like it wouldn't have been right for me to sign," he said.

"But now it feels right. It's the perfect match, in my opinion.

"I seem to play my best football here. I'm happiest when I'm here and I think that showed during my first two stints. I think I have performed both on and off the pitch, certainly in my second spell, which only the staff and the players at the training ground will have seen."

Now the countdown is firmly on for Rangers' fans to not only return to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in August, but sing Charlie Austin's name once more.

His QPR story is far from over.

He said: "To get all the fans back in and Bianca (Charlie's wife) and my kids, too, is something I'm really looking forward to.

"It's been great to be part of a winning team, and I've been able to come in every day and enjoy the moment.

"Winning games of football is fantastic and the morale constantly improved - as did the camaraderie with the lads, the bond was there.

"I think everyone could see that - the second half of last season was such a success.

"We have an exciting team now and I'm sure what the fans have seen will have given them even more of a buzz to come back and watch us next season.

"We have an exciting young team with a lot of experience, too. Hopefully with their help and our performances, we can have an exciting season ahead.

"I can't wait to get back out there in front of them with a QPR shirt on. I want to put in performances so they can cheer my name again."

What the fans have seen will have given them even more of a buzz to come back and watch us next season.

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