JORDAN Hugill says he is a happy man at QPR – and that’s helping him produce his best form for the club.
The striker, currently on a season-long loan from West Ham, is the joint top scorer in the Championship with five goals in eight appearances.
Having played an integral part in Rangers winning four league games in a row for the first time in more than five years, Hugill said: “The club as a whole – the players that are here, the staff, the medical team – everyone is firstly a really nice person and that transfers onto the pitch.
“If you are happy off the pitch, everything follows from that. Personally, I am settled, I am happy and I am reaping the benefits of that.”
The R’s have begun life under Mark Warburton well, picking up 16 points to sit fifth in the table. After a summer of upheaval with a multitude of players coming in as well as leaving the club, the encouraging start has given the squad confidence, with Hugill admitting: “It has been a fantastic start for us.
“The amount of players that came in during the summer – myself included – have adjusted well to how the manager wants to play and I think we are starting to see the benefits of that on the pitch.
“It’s one of the reasons I came to QPR – I like how the manager plays. It’s an attractive way of playing football and I know there will be chances for the strikers. Because of the way that we play, we know chances are going to come. I am really, really enjoying myself.”
Hugill’s love of football is clear. Having come into the professional game late – he made his Football League debut at the age of 21 for Port Vale – he is determined to make up for lost time.
“That was the main reason why I wanted to go out on loan,” he explained. “I started football late so I just want to play as many game as I can and I want to score as many goals as I can.
“I am not happy with sitting on the bench. I want to play. I am delighted it is here under a very attacking manager and with a good squad as well.”
QPR take on fourth-placed West Brom at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this weekend and Hugill believes this presents an ideal opportunity to see how far the R’s have come as they go toe-to-toe with one of the promotion favourites.
“They are one of the big teams in the league,” he said. “We are looking forward to it because it will be a good test to see where we are at.
“It’s one of the games that you look forward to all season because as soon as the fixtures are out you look for the bigger teams and the ones that have just been relegated.
“We are focused on what we can do. I don’t think we have reached our maximum potential yet and I believe we can give West Brom a good game.
“The last four games we have come away with wins. It’s one of those periods now where we can set a marker down for our season if we can keep this run going and people will see us as a good team, and that’s something that we believe we are.
“If you look throughout our team there is a lot of hunger to do well. The players that the manager has brought in have got points to prove. I am the first to say I want to prove people wrong.”