CONOR Masterson is ready to embark on the next chapter of his fledgling career.
The 20-year-old centre-back, who joined QPR on a two-year deal on Wednesday, already has some fantastic experiences under his belt.
On his 16th birthday, Masterson, now 20, packed his bags and moved from his native Ireland to join Liverpool.
He had been spotted by The Reds playing in the Kennedy Cup, which is the most famous schoolboy competition in Ireland.
He would spend the next four years on Merseyside and in that time he captained Liverpool’s U18s, represented their U23s from the age of just 18 and appeared on the bench for first-team games against Manchester City and Everton.
As well as that, he represented his country – the Republic of Ireland – at U17, U19 and U21 level and now he is ready to add a new section to his ever-growing footballing CV.
“This is the next step for me – it’s massive – going into men’s football and playing in a top squad, I can’t wait,” said the well-mannered youngster. “Fighting for three points, it means everything for the team and I really want to get involved in that and show what I can do for the team.
“It’s a cliché but I’m going to give 100 per cent, everything for the shirt and I can’t wait to play in front of those brilliant fans.”
Masterson got his first run out in a QPR shirt in Thursday’s behind-closed-doors training game against Gillingham and he is already very pleased to be part of a Mark Warburton squad.
He said: “It’s great. He [Warburton] wants to develop youngsters and has a history of doing it.
“The way the gaffer plays, his type of football, he’s going to give youngsters opportunities and I feel like this is the right place for me. I’m delighted to have come.”
Masterson is looking forward to plenty more appearances in the blue and white hoops of QPR, having donned for the red of Liverpool for the past four seasons.
“I learned so much [at Liverpool],” Masterson said. “I had a great time there and enjoyed some unbelievable experiences and I think that will carry through into helping QPR.”