Dom Ball has committed his future to QPR, agreeing a new two-year deal which will keep him in W12 until 2022.
Ball, whose original contract expired next summer, told www.qpr.co.uk: “I am absolutely buzzing.
“I came in here last year, had a really good season, and this is where I want to be.”
The 25-year-old combative midfielder joined the R’s last year after leaving Rotherham and he quickly forged an excellent reputation for himself amongst the QPR fans.
Now he is looking to build on that.
“I had to prove a point last season and that’s exactly what I need to do again this year,” he said.
“The style of football, the staff, the players, it all suits me and I enjoy going out on the pitch as a QPR player which is really important.”
Having watched him join from the Millers, QPR fans didn’t know what to expect from Ball – and that doubt only served to motivate him.
In fact, it is still a tool he uses to get the very best out of himself.
“I have always liked being the underdog and having to prove a point,” he explained.
“I have had to do that throughout my career and it motivates me.
“Even now, it’s about proving a point to myself as much as anybody, showing that I can play at this level. I felt I did that last year and I want to build on that this season.”
Despite his young age, Ball is one of the more experienced players in the QPR squad and while he is happy to pass on his own advice, he insists he is learning too.
“I am still only young but I have played more than 150 games, so I have experienced these games at different levels and each game presents its own problems,” he added.
“I think I can help the younger players but I am still learning from everyone – the older lads and the younger lads. We all want to develop and there is a learning attitude within the group.
“Personally, I want to build on last season. Towards the end of last year I added some assists to my game and scored.
“That’s not my primary focus but it is definitely something I would like to do more.
“As a team, with the group we have here, and the unity, you really don’t know what can be achieved.
“We had a discussion as a group about it and we just want to take each game as it comes.
“We want to improve on where we finished last season – that’s a given – but we are motivated to go as high as we can.”
Ball came off the bench and helped Rangers get their league campaign off to a winning start on Saturday. His low shot was palmed into the path of Ilias Chair to score late on and seal a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest.
With a grin, Ball insists that registers as his first assist of the season.
“It has to be, doesn’t it?” he said. “I know the keeper is going to go there and parry it to Ilias, so I did it deliberately!”
But it was at the other end of the pitch that Ball says he and his team-mates took real satisfaction from – a clean sheet against a strong Forest attacking line.
“When you look at our weaknesses last season the number of goals we conceded is something that, as a team, we all said has to be improved,” he said.
“We worked a lot on it in pre-season.”
Next up for Rangers is a Friday night trip to face Coventry City in front of the Sky cameras.
“Every game presents different challenges and we need to build on the Forest win,” Ball added. “We have to go out there even more motivated to get a result.”