AARON Drewe admits that making his QPR debut was a proud moment for him and his family, but the young defender is keen to prove himself in a Rangers shirt between now and the end of the season.
Having played for the club at all levels, the 20-year-old replaced Moses Odubajo in Saturday afternoon’s FA Cup Third Round tie with Rotherham United for what was his first professional appearance in a Blue and White Hooped shirt – a moment that will stay with the Rangers youngster forever.
Of course, Mark Warburton’s side progressed through to the Fourth Round of the famous tournament courtesy of a dramatic penalty shootout victory over the Millers, but Drewe’s arrival before the start of Extra time was certainly a highlight of the afternoon in west London.
Speaking after the tie, Drewe told www.qpr.co.uk: “ I was absolutely buzzing with that moment, I have been at this club a long time so it was a proud moment for me and my family, but more importantly it was good to progress through to the next round.
“I was made aware that I may be involved on Thursday/Friday, we had the B Team game on the Wednesday and was off on the Thursday, I got called over by the manager Friday morning found out I was involved in the training session, which didn’t necessarily mean I would be involved in the game but once I found out I was in the squad I was absolutely buzzing.
“The game was tight I wasn’t completely expecting to come on, but I am really pleased that the gaffer has the faith and trust in me to bring me on at 0-0, obviously it wasn’t ideal going 1-0 down but we showed character and came back which was a great moment for me.”
Having been with QPR for over 11 years, the young defender certainly took his opportunity with an impressive display in the Rangers backline and Drewe was quick to highlight exactly what R’s boss Mark Warburton said to him as he stepped onto the W12 turf.
He explained: “The manager just said to me you know how hard you’ve been working in training just go out there and do you, don’t play the occasion just be yourself and you will be absolutely fine.
“It was unreal to hear the crowd, it was amazing, it was a moment I have always dreamt of, playing in front of the home crowd here (Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium) and to hear it and to be involved in that sort of atmosphere was so good.
“I can’t describe that feeling as the penalties were going on though, I actually said to Luke Amos that this doesn’t feel real, it hasn’t sunk in really yet, but I will definitely be wanting to do that again.
“Now I have had the opportunity to come out on the pitch there is nothing that I will want more than to have more opportunities to do so, but like all youngsters you have to prove yourself and earn your stripes in this game and I am looking to do that now between now and the end of the season.”
Reflecting on the game itself Drewe explained that the momentum was with the R’s despite trailing and Lyndon Dykes’ 115th minute header was a big moment for his Rangers side.
He said: “Despite going behind I still thought there was something in the game for us, we were playing well, we had chances and with Lyndon’s header that was a real momentum shifter, and we took that into the penalties as well.
“The manager and the boys asked me if I was able to take a penalty as my shoulder was hurting, but of course I wanted to be able to take one, so I was number 10 in the order but thankfully Jordan (Archer) came through and I hope he well following his injury.”